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Nader's petitions attacked in South Carolina

AP reports: Groups of S.C. residents and attorneys are questioning pro-Nader petitions in various counties -- including York, election workers confirmed Thursday.

If the groups convince officials to toss out more than 1,000 of the 11,000 signatures supporting Nader statewide, he could be booted from the ballot.

Simon Demory, Nader's S.C. coordinator, said it's alarming that state Democrats are working to suppress Nader's candidacy.

"Personally, I think it's a very, very scary thing," he said. "That's a pretty dangerous precedent to set."

Organizers said they are trying only to make sure the signatures are legally valid, because they could affect the election. -- Groups in S.C. attack petitions favoring Nader (AP via Charlotte Observer)


There will be three televised debates this fall, and right now only Bush and Kerry will be allowed to participate. Without Ralph Nader's inclusion, the critical issues facing our country - including the war in Iraq - will not be fully discussed.

50% of Americans have stopped voting because “slash and burn” politics has completely taken over. The major parties have made it clear that their primary commitment is to themselves and doing whatever it takes to win. It's clear that if there's going to be any change, ordinary citizens are going to have to take back control of our electoral process.

At the Democratic Party Convention, 93% of the delegates were against the war, and yet they uniformly, in knee-jerk fashion, nominated 2 pro-war candidates. Everything has become subsumed under the issue of beating Bush at any cost. To do that, so it goes, you can sacrifice anything, including whatever was left of the principles of the Democratic Party.

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