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Nader on the Wisconsin ballot

TheMilwaukeeChannel.com reports: The state Elections Board has decided to keep independent presidential candidate Ralph Nader on the Wisconsin ballot.

A split board voted Tuesday to reject two motions seeking to kick Nader (pictured, right) off the ballot.

The Democratic Party of Wisconsin filed a complaint with the Elections Board earlier this month.

Democrats argued that Nader's petitions didn't include an elector from the 7th Congressional District, and there has to be one from every congressional district in the state.

Nader's attorneys argued that there wasn't one because the boundaries were redrawn, moving that person from the district. The board decided that wasn't enough to keep Nader off the ballot. -- Nader Will Appear On Wisconsin Ballot (TheMilwaukeeChannel.com)

According to this site, the congressional redistricting plan was adopted in 2001. If there has not been a later plan, then what kind of excuse can Nader's backers have for being three years out of date? Or am I missing something?


Dear Ed, you seem to indicate you would have voted to keep Nader off the ballot in Wisconsin. But would you have voted to keep Kerry off, if the Democrats had made a similar faux pas?

At the lower state court hearing in Florida last week, it came out that both Kerry and Bush were a day late certifying their candidates for elector. Democrats forgot to certify Lyndon Johnson's name in Iowa in 1964. Democrats forgot to certify their candidates for presidential election in 1988 in Indiana on time. In all cases, state elections officials certified them anyway. I know these stories are true, because I have the court decisions (some cranky person sued the state elections officials in the 1964 and 1988 instances, saying the Democrats should have been kept off, but the courts always said the elections officials did the right thing.

Besides, candidates for US House need not live in the district they are seeking to represent. How much less interest does a state have in requiring the elector candidates to be held to a district residency requirement?

By the way, the Democrats in Wisc. also tried to keep Nader off on the grounds that he can't be an independent in Wisconsin and the nominee of a minor party in other states. Ironically, Bob La Follette ran for president in 1924 as an independent in Wisconsin (and he carried it), but as a Socialist in California and several other states, as the nominee of the Farmer-Labor Party in many states, and as a Progressive in most states.