Oregon judge rules Nader to appear on November ballot
12:33 PM PDT on Thursday, September 9, 2004
Associated Press and NWCN Staff Reports
SALEM, Ore. - A Salem, Ore., just has ruled the Ralph Nader will be allowed to have his name appear on the November ballot.
Marion Circuit Court Judge Paul Lipscomb said Wednesday the state seems to have been inconsistent in applying rules for independent candidates.
He made the comments during a hearing on a lawsuit filed by Nader's supporters in Oregon. They are trying to overturn Secretary of State Bill Bradbury's decision to disqualify Nader from the ballot because of petitioning errors.
Nader supporters turned in more than 18,000 signatures. But last week, Bradbury invalidated several thousand because of irregularities on petition sheets.
That left Nader 218 signatures short of the 15,306-and-six needed to put him on the presidential ballot.