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Alabama: independent prez candidates collecting signatures

The Montgomery Advertiser reports: Democrat Barack Obama and Republican John McCain likely won't be the only presidential candidates listed on Alabama's Nov. 4 ballot.

The campaigns of Ralph Nader, Bob Barr, Chuck Baldwin and Cynthia McKinney hope to have their names spread across the top of Alabama's ballot along with the major party candidates.

The independent and third-party candidates have supporters -- and in some cases paid professionals -- scurrying across the state to get voters to sign petitions to get them on the ballot.

For ballot access, the campaigns must collect the signatures of 5,000 people registered to vote in Alabama. The petitions must be submitted by Sept. 5 to the secretary of state in Montgomery. -- Independents work to get on state ballots

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