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Nader submits Maine petitions

The Portland Press Herald reports: Ralph Nader, the independent candidate for president, beat Maine's filing deadline Monday by presenting the Secretary of State's Office just more than enough signatures to be on the Nov. 2 ballot.

There's still a chance, however, that Nader, who took 5.7 percent of the vote in Maine when he was the Green Party's candidate in 2000, won't be on the ballot.

A five-day challenge period goes into effect today. During that time, any individual or organization can question the validity of the signatures. ...

In order to be on the ballot, a candidate who is not a member of a recognized party in Maine must submit at least 4,000 signatures of registered voters. Just before the 5 p.m. deadline Monday, the Nader campaign turned in 4,128 signatures, Deputy Secretary of State Doug Dunbar said. -- Nader gets enough names to get on ballot (Portland Press Herald)