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Oregon appeals Nader's ballot inclusion

AP reports: State officials filed a legal appeal Tuesday seeking to overturn a judge's ruling that independent contender Ralph Nader's name must appear on Oregon's presidential ballot.

The challenge was filed on behalf of Secretary of State Bill Bradbury, who earlier had concluded that irregularities with Nader's petition campaign should keep him off the ballot.

Last week, Marion County Circuit Judge Paul Lipscomb overturned Bradbury's ruling, saying that he had used unwritten rules to disqualify some of Nader's petitions, thus leaving Nader short of signatures.

State Elections Director John Lindback said Lipscomb's ruling opens the door to petition fraud, and that the secretary of state must have latitude to interpret rules to deal with potential fraud. -- State files appeal over Nader's inclusion on presidential ballot (AP via RegisterGuard.com)