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Wisconsin ballots on hold till tomorrow (title corrected)

AP reports: A Dane County judge Monday temporarily forbid the [Wisconsin] state Elections Board from telling county clerks which presidential candidates to list for this fall's election until he decides whether independent Ralph Nader should be on the ballot.

Dane County Judge Michael Nowakowski said he would issue his ruling on Nader's candidacy Tuesday afternoon. Until then, he forbid the Elections Board from formally notifying county clerks which presidential candidates should be on the ballot.

Elections Board executive director Kevin Kennedy said clerks will have enough time to get ballots printed if they receive word Tuesday whether Nader is on the ballot. Still, appeals by either side could complicate the process.

The state Democratic Party filed suit Friday seeking to keep Nader off the ballot, claiming he did not meet the necessary requirements to qualify. Some Democrats still blame Nader for President Bush's victory four years ago and fear he could siphon votes away from their nominee, John Kerry. Democrat Al Gore won Wisconsin four years ago by 5,708 votes while Nader received 94,070. -- Judge puts hold on presidential ballot while deciding Nader case (AP via DuluthSuperior.com)