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Nader added to Alaska ballot as Populist candidate

So far, Nader has met the requirements to appear on the ballot in nine of 18
states actively contested by President Bush and Kerry this year.
"To the credit of Alaska's Democrats, Nader's ballot access was not
challenged in our state," said Steve Conn, the new party's chairman, in a statement.
"In Alaska, a Nader vote will send a clear message to America on matters ignored
by the major party candidates such as universal health care and the living
wage."
Fairbanks Daily News-Miner
Nader added to Alaska ballot as Populist candidate
By MATT VOLZ
Saturday, September 04, 2004 - Associated Press Writer

ANCHORAGE--Independent presidential candidate Ralph Nader has been added to
the Alaska ballot.

Nader and running mate Peter Camejo were added Thursday as Populist Party
candidates after supporters turned in enough valid signatures for the party to
receive official recognition by the state.
Once the party was recognized as a limited party last weekend, its members
were able to nominate the consumer advocate for president.
Nader needed 2,878 valid signatures. The state Division of Elections verified
more than 3,000 signatures of the 5,000-6,000 that Nader's supporters turned
in, according to election coordinator Naomi Nelson.

As a limited party, the Populist Party can only field presidential and vice
presidential candidates. It will remain a limited party in Alaska if Nader
receives more than 3 percent of the vote in November, Nelson said.
So far, Nader has met the requirements to appear on the ballot in nine of 18
states actively contested by President Bush and Kerry this year.
"To the credit of Alaska's Democrats, Nader's ballot access was not
challenged in our state," said Steve Conn, the new party's chairman, in a statement.
"In Alaska, a Nader vote will send a clear message to America on matters ignored
by the major party candidates such as universal health care and the living
wage."

In the 2000 election, Nader appeared on ballots in 43 states including
Alaska, where he won just over 10 percent of the vote.
Other third-party presidential candidates on Alaska's ballot this year
include David Cobb of the Green Party, Michael Peroutka of the Alaskan Independence
Party and Michael Badnarik of the Alaska Libertarian Party.
Vote Green in Alaska 07.Sep.2004 14:18

Brian Setzler

I hope our smart friends to the north will support David Cobb, Patricia LaMarche and the Green Party as we work to build an independent, vibrant Green Party to challenge the corporate duopoly beyond 2004.


Party Building 07.Sep.2004 15:32

reader

Why build a 'party' when you can vote for what you want, not what the 'party' is telling you to vote for?

Nader is buoyed by one party here, another party there, a write-in for places he can't get on the ballot, and all the while not forcing 'party building' ideas on anyone. If you support his platform, you vote for him, and people don't go around trying to shame you into supporting a 'party' that you no longer agree with.

While I've supported the Greens in the past, they seem infiltrated now. A pair of higher-ups in the party DECIDED that in 2004 the party would run a 'safe states' candidate who didn't challenge the Democraps. Call that Democracy? Now you have no choice in the matter, if you think it's more important to build a PARTY than build DEMOCRACY.

The Green process this year had little to do with Democracy, although many tried. Hopefully we can win the infrastructure of it back from the hands of the milktoast Ds in Green clothing. But so far, I just see them pushing Cobb down our throats, rather than addressing the serious divide.

That says nothing to me about real Democracy or proportional representation, the supposed values of the party.

Reply to Reader 07.Sep.2004 17:11

Brian Setzler

You build a party so you have ballot access. Ralph Nader is finding out how difficult it is to run as an independent without a party paving the way for ballot access. You are free to be independent, I'll just work to convince other progressives and environmentalists to join us and work for a different world and paradigm.

Also, the "Green Party" isn't telling people who to vote for. We offer a candidate and advocate for votes. Greens hardly seem like the people to tell YOU or anyone else what to do.

There are no "Higher ups" in the party that tell us what to do. I don't even know who would tell what to whom and that approach seems as effective as pushing a string. IMO, this notion is a figment of the imagination of those who didn't prevail in Milwaukee at our convention. They lost when a majority (over 400) of the delegates selected Cobb. The delegates are the grassroots and it would have been impossible for a few to tell us what to do (I was there BTW)

Finally, the Green Party has not been taken over by Dems. Again, this is just a way for the losers to try and smear us. Here in Oregon, most of the PGP leaders have been Greens for many, many years. We cost Al Gore the election if you recall. I didn't know the Democrats were so smart as to plant sleeper agents among us.