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Nader files South Dakota petitons

AP reports: Democrats plan to scrutinize petitions seeking to have Ralph Nader placed on the November ballot in South Dakota as an independent candidate for president.

State law requires 3,346 valid signatures for an independent candidate to qualify for the ballot, or 1 percent of those who voted for governor in 2002. The Nader campaign said Monday it filed more than 5,100 signatures with the secretary of state.

Kea Warne, state election supervisor, will review the petitions to see if Nader got the minimum number of signatures. The deadline for independent presidential candidates to present nominating petitions in South Dakota is Tuesday. ...

Judy Olson Duhamel, chair of the South Dakota Democratic Party, said Monday that state party officials will challenge any signatures they believe are invalid. -- Nader files for South Dakota ballot; Demos cast wary eye (AP via AberdeenNews.com)