Tuesday, August 05, 2008

Nader Will Sue Idaho to Use Out-of-State Petitioners

From: http://www.ballot-access.org On August 7 or August 8, Ralph Nader will bring a lawsuit against the Idaho Secretary of State, to win the ability to use petition circulators who are not permanent residents of Idaho. Idaho is one of five states in which Ralph Nader has never appeared on the ballot. It requires 5,984 valid signatures for an independent presidential candidate. Nader’s 2004 petition was found not to have enough valid signatures. For some reason, Idaho petitions are always judged to have a low validity rate, even though a very high percentage of Idaho residents are registered to vote. The Idaho petition deadline for an independent presidential candidate is August 25. The lawsuit will be based on Nader’s July 9 victory against Arizona’s ban on out-of-state circulators. That decision was from the 9th circuit, so it should control the outcome in Idaho, since both states are in the 9th circuit. Idaho, California and Arizona had been the only states in the 9th circuit that prohibit out-of-state circulators.

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