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Nader off the Ohio ballot because of fraud

AP reports: Independent candidate Ralph Nader won't appear on Ohio's presidential ballot because forged signatures on petition forms and on petitions circulated by non-Ohioans left him short of the 5,000 required to qualify, Secretary of State Kenneth Blackwell ruled Tuesday.

Nader's campaign promised a fight to get back on the ballot. ...

Blackwell, a Republican, said Nader's backers wound up with 3,708 valid signatures.

They had turned in nearly 15,000 signatures, but just 6,464 were declared valid after review by local elections boards. An additional 2,756 were invalidated following testimony at a hearing last week at Blackwell's office. -- Blackwell says Nader off Ohio ballot (AP via SunHerald.com)