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Nader off the Pennsylvania ballot

The Philadelphia Inquirer reports: Independent presidential candidate Ralph Nader has lost his attempt to get on the November ballot in Pennsylvania, according to a Commonwealth Court decision handed down today.

A three-judge panel said Nader violated state law by trying to run as an independent here, while in Michigan filing to run on the Reform Party ticket.

"Nomination papers shall be set aside ... and denied ballot status in Pennsylvania," the court wrote. ...

Gregory Harvey, one of the attorneys challenging Nader's attempt to get on the ballot, said the court decision means "one cannot simultaneously seek to be an independent political candidate (in Pennsylvania) ... while accepting the nomination of a political party in another state."

Nader attorney Samuel C. Stretton said Nader may appeal the decision to the state Supreme Court. Stretton called the ruling a violation of the right to free speech, and said the court erred in its application of the law banning someone from running under two political affiliations.

"That statute is really written if someone is running on multiple parties in Pennsylvania" for the same office, said Stretton. -- Nader off the the ballot in Pennsylvania (Philadelphia Inquirer)

The decision is here.