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Nader's petitions now accepted in Virginia

AP reports: The Virginia State Board of Elections must accept petitions submitted by Ralph Nader's presidential campaign, the attorney general's office said Monday, advising the top election official to reverse Friday's decision rejecting Nader's qualifying papers.

An advisory letter to State Board of Elections Secretary Jean Jensen said there is no evidence that a state rule requiring campaigns to group the petitions by congressional district was ever approved by the board and can't be enforced.

On the advice of the attorney general's office, Jensen cited the rule on Friday in rejecting the 70-year-old consumer advocate's petitions, effectively denying him a spot on Virginia's presidential election ballot in November.

The attorney general's office reversed itself on Monday in a five-page letter from senior assistant attorney general James W. Hopper. Accordingly, Jensen said in a one-paragraph statement, her office will accept Nader's petitions and begin processing them. -- Virginia Attorney General says state must accept Nader ballot petition (AP via dailypress.com)