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Michigan elections board deadlocks on putting Nader on the ballot as independent

AP reports: Presidential candidate Ralph Nader will have to rely on the courts to get on the Michigan ballot this November.

The Board of State Canvassers deadlocked Monday on whether to accept the nearly 50,000 signatures turned in last month to put Nader on the ballot. About 45,000 of the signatures were collected by Republicans. Nader needed 30,000 signatures to get on the Michigan ballot as an independent.

The 2-2 decision by the board followed party lines, with Republicans voting to certify the signatures and Democrats objecting.

The fight now goes to the Michigan Court of Appeals, keeping Nader off the ballot until the issue is resolved. -- Board deadlocks on accepting Nader petition signatures gathered by GOP (AP via MLive.com)