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Nader submits 14,473 petitions in Ohio

Cox News Service reports: Ralph Nader's Ohio supporters on Wednesday turned in petitions with 14,473 signatures to Ohio Secretary of State J. Kenneth Blackwell, nearly three times the 5,000 signatures needed to get Nader on the state's Nov. 2 presidential ballot as an independent.

Today is the filing deadline for independent candidates.

Attorney Don McTigue, representing the Ohio Democratic Party, filed a public-record request to get copies of the petitions before they are sent to county boards of election to have the signatures checked against lists of registered voters.

Carlo LoParo, Blackwell's spokesman, said the request was being reviewed.

McTigue said he planned to review the signatures to "make legal challenges" of any legal defects not noted by county boards of election. -- Nader backers nearly triple signature count needed for Ohio ballot (Cox News Service via news-journal.com)