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Nader on the Arkansas ballot

The Arkansas News Bureau reports: Populist Party Ralph Nader can be on the Nov. 2 presidential ballot, a divided [Arkansas] state Supreme Court ruled late Friday.

The 4-3 decision reverses a Sept. 20 order by Pulaski County Circuit Judge Tim Fox that removed Nader from the ballot. Fox ruled that the more than 1,000 people who signed petitions to place Nader's name on the ballot did not formally name him as "their" choice for president.

In Friday's ruling, the high court said Fox's interpretation of state election laws "leads not only to an absurd result, but also renders the provision unconstitutional."

"This unconstitutional reading of the petitioning provision at issue infringes upon one of the fundamental civil liberties of our democracy, that of the secret ballot," Chief Justice Betty C. Dickey wrote for the majority.

The state statute "does not state that an electorate name 'their' candidate for president or vice president," Dickey continues. "The statute only requires that the signer of the petition state their desire that the named candidates appear on the ballot." -- Nader should stay on ballot, court says (Arkansas News Bureau)