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
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.