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Naderites appeal in Oregon

A later edition of this AP story makes it clear that the "Supreme Court" is the U.S. Supreme Court.


AP reports: A group of Ralph Nader supporters asked the Supreme Court on Friday to keep the presidential candidate on Oregon's general election ballot.

In a late evening filing, the supporters asked the high court to review Oregon's decision to remove Nader because of flawed voter petition sheets. They argued that Secretary of State Bill Bradbury, a Democrat, improperly used unwritten rules to decide the validity of the petitions.

"His actions in applying unwritten rules, without notice or opportunity for the Nader campaign to comply with those rules, violated the right" to free speech and due process, the 52-page filing argues.

On Wednesday, the Oregon Supreme Court unanimously upheld Bradbury's determination that flawed petitions left Nader 218 signatures short of the 15,306 needed to put him on the Nov. 2 ballot, saying Bradbury acted within his authority. -- Supporters turn to high court to keep Nader on state’s ballot (AP via StatesmanJournal.com)