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  • Court Throws Nader off PA Ballot

    Here's an interesting one ...

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    Court throws Nader off Pennsylvania ballot
    Petition signatures include 'Mickey Mouse, Fred Flintstone'


    HARRISBURG, Pennsylvania (AP) -- A state court knocked Ralph Nader off Pennsylvania's presidential ballot on Wednesday, citing thousands of fradulent petition signatures including "Mickey Mouse" and "Fred Flintstone."

    Describing the petitions as "rife with forgeries," Commonwealth Court President Judge James Gardner Colins said that fewer than 19,000 of the more than 51,000 signatures that Nader's supporters submitted were valid. Nader needed at least 25,697 to be listed on the ballot as an independent candidate.

    "I am compelled to emphasize that this signature-gathering process was the most deceitful and fraudulent exercise ever perpetrated upon this court," Colins said in a 15-page ruling that followed a two-week review in multiple courtrooms across the state.

    "The conduct of the candidates, through their representatives (not their attorneys), shocks the conscience of the court," he said. "In reviewing signatures, it became apparent that, in addition to signing names such as 'Mickey Mouse,' 'Fred Flintstone,' 'John Kerry,' and the ubiquitous 'Ralph Nader,' there were thousands of names that were created at random and then randomly assigned either existent or nonexistent addresses by the circulators."

    The signature review was prompted by a court challenge filed by a group of voters sympathetic to Democratic candidate Sen. John Kerry.

    Democrats have had mixed success in their effort to keep Nader off the ballot in battleground states where they fear he could siphon votes from John Kerry. Besides Pennsylvania, he failed to make the ballot in Ohio, Oregon and Missouri but has succeeded in winning a spot on ballots in Florida, Michigan, Minnesota and Wisconsin.

    Overall, Nader is expected to be on the ballot in 34 states and the District of Columbia.

    Nader's unsettled status had caused headaches for elections officials in Pennsylvania's 67 counties as the court proceedings bumped up against the timetable for mailing out larger-than-usual batches of absentee ballots.

    Some counties heeded the state's recommendation that they not send out civilian absentee ballots until after the court case was settled, but many counties decided to mail out ballots that included Nader so that voters have time to cast them by the October 29 deadline. Absentee votes cast for Nader are likely to be thrown out, officials have said.

    In 2000, Democrat Al Gore carried Pennsylvania, beating George W. Bush by fewer than 205,000 votes out of 4.9 million cast. Nader, the Green Party nominee that year, received 103,392 votes.
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    He was thrown off the Arkansas ballot, but then later added back on by the state Surpreme Court.
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    • #3
      I find it ironic that the dnc/sKerry campaign has been trying to throw Nader off ballots, thereby DISENFRANCHISING Nader supporters, when they themselves complained about DISENFRANCHISED voters in various states in 2000. I guess if they aren't a racial group mostly supportive of democRat candidates, they can't possibly be disenfranchised

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      • #4
        I wonder if Barnery Rubble was on the list as well, maybe Elroy Jetson, George Jetson, heck maybe even Jane Jetson.

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