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Nader sues Illinois over petition rules

The Chicago Tribune reports: The Nader for President 2004 campaign, saying it expects Illinois election officials to try to throw the third-party candidate off the November ballot, filed a federal lawsuit Tuesday challenging state election requirements as unconstitutional.

The lawsuit, filed in U.S. District Court in Chicago, said that by a June 21 deadline the campaign filed about 32,250 signatures on nominating petitions, above the 25,000 requirement, but that objections had been raised about 19,000 of them.

About 90 percent of those objections question whether the signer was registered to vote at the same address as shown on the petition sheet, according to the suit.

The suit called that definition of a qualified voter "narrow" and said it represents "a severe burden" on the 1st Amendment rights of Nader's presidential campaign.

The suit also assails the state's deadline for signatures--the third-earliest of any state--and the 25,000-signature requirement as unconstitutional infringements. -- Backers sue to keep Nader on fall ballot (Chicago Tribune)