I've been thinking that if Nader doesn't make it on the Oregon ballot I would just not vote in November. Now I'm seriously thinking if Nader isn't on the ballot I'll vote for George Bush, just to punish the Democrat assholes and teach them a lesson.
Dems to challenge Nader's place on Arizona ballot
The Arizona Republic
Jun. 22, 2004 07:10 PM
Arizona Democrats will file a lawsuit Wednesday challenging whether Ralph Nader qualifies for a place on the Nov. 2 presidential election ballot.
The state party would not provide specifics Tuesday, but a spokeswoman confirmed that the action will be filed before 5 p.m., the deadline for challenges to nominating petitions submitted June 9.
Backers of Nader, who is running as an independent, filed more than 22,000 signatures, well beyond the 14,694 valid signatures required for a ballot spot.
Democrats immediately began scrutinizing the petitions, and state party chairman Jim Pederson said Monday that a number of defects were found.
Cheryl Rohrick of Tucson, Nader's campaign coordinator for Arizona, said the impending lawsuit comes as "no surprise."
Although the challenge, even if unsuccessful, will tie up Nader campaign resources, "We'll just take it as it comes," she said.
In 2000, Nader drew 45,645 votes in Arizona, or 3 percent of the total cast. His presence on the ballot this year could be a major factor in an election shaping up as very close in a state targeted by both parties.
Democrats want Nader off the ballot because they believe most of his support comes from voters who otherwise would choose their candidate. Nader has said his candidacy is just as likely to draw Republican votes.
State law allows any registered voter to file a court action challenging the nomination of a candidate.
A challenger must cite specific signatures being contested, but a wider attack could focus on disqualifying petitions on grounds they were circulated by a non-resident of the state or others barred from the petition process.
The lawsuit must be heard and decided in Superior Court within 10 days.
At the Democratic National Committee headquarters in Washington, D.C., spokesman Jano Cabrera said Arizona's party had not asked for support for the lawsuit, but the national party stands behind the effort in principle.