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Dems Sue, Trying to Keep Nader off the Florida Ballot

The Florida Democratic party and an independent group of voters separately sued the state Tuesday, trying to keep Ralph Nader off the November ballot
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- The Florida Democratic party and an independent group of voters separately sued the state Tuesday, trying to keep Ralph Nader off the November ballot and accusing the Reform Party's nomination process of being a sham.

Both lawsuits say the Reform Party is not a viable political party and that Nader wasn't legitimately nominated at a convention, which they said is required by state law to get on the ballot.

The Nader campaign says the party did have a convention, where Nader's nomination was formally decided. Nader spokesman Kevin Zeese called the Democratic Party's effort a "Hail Mary pass lawsuit and a desperate attempt to prevent voters from having a real choice."

One day before the deadline, the Reform Party submitted an application to the state's Division of Elections in Tallahassee earlier this week to place Nader and running mate Peter Camejo on the ballot.

The Reform Party nominated Nader during a two-day conference call earlier this summer. Zeese said the party had three rounds of voting during the call before Nader won. He said the party then had an in-person convention this past weekend in Texas to formalize the nomination.