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So long as those ballots don't have Ralph Nader's name on them.

Nader off the ballot in Florida

In a tactical victory for John Kerry, a Leon County circuit judge issued an emergency order Wednesday night knocking Ralph Nader off Florida's ballot.

...Less than 11 hours before Secretary of State Glenda Hood is supposed to certify the ballots for 67 counties - which signals elections supervisors to mail thousands of ballots to Floridians overseas, including troops in Iraq - [Judge Kevin] Davey ruled that the Reform Party is no longer a real political party. Therefore, he held that Nader's certification as the Reform candidate did not meet Florida laws, which require a presidential candidate to get nearly 100,000 voter signatures or be nominated by a national convention.

"I don't want to disenfranchise anybody, especially those folks who are defending us overseas," Davey said, stretching and stifling a yawn after a seven-hour hearing in which attorneys for Democratic Party Chairman Scott Maddox and two Reform Party members squared off against lawyers for Hood and the Reform Party of Florida.

Nader drew about 92,000 votes in Florida four years ago. Democratic Party leaders, who unsuccessfully beseeched him not to run this year, have said that many of those voters would have supported Al Gore if Nader wasn't on the ballot.

Actually the ruling (if upheld) opens the door to denying ballot access to a whole laundry list of smaller parties.


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Comments (9)

Every ballot for Democrats ... (Below threshold)

Every ballot for Democrats count, nothing else.

Republicans are funny. Watc... (Below threshold)
Drew:

Republicans are funny. Watching their reaction when Bush loses will be even more fun.

Republicans are funny. Watc... (Below threshold)
Drew:

Republicans are funny. Watching their reaction when Bush loses will be even more fun.

Maybe they can still get Pa... (Below threshold)

Maybe they can still get Pat Buchanan on the ballot?

Maybe they can still get Pa... (Below threshold)

Maybe they can still get Pat Buchanan on the ballot?

Is there an echo in here or... (Below threshold)

Is there an echo in here or is it reserved just for stupid people?

Clancy, I believe it's the ... (Below threshold)

Clancy, I believe it's the latter. If anyone believes that Kerry will become the 44th President of the United States, I have a bridge connecting Manhattan and Brooklyn to sell them.

I hope the Florida Nader su... (Below threshold)

I hope the Florida Nader supporters realize that this decision was majority influenced by the DNC and do the only thing they can do - vote for Bush.

This way, all the disenfranchised Nader voters actually count twice against the flip-flopper.

What this country needs bet... (Below threshold)
Tom:

What this country needs between now and November 2 is not a debate over who will be a better "war President." We need a debate over how to extricate America from Iraq, and how to attack the demons of poverty, joblessness and sickness that threaten so many Americans every day. Jingoism and fearmongering are cheap ways to avoid hard issues.




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