posted on Oct, 26 2004 @ 02:50 PM
WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court on Tuesday declined to put independent presidential candidate Ralph Nader on the ballot in the battleground state of
On Friday, Nader asked the high court to review Ohio's decision to remove him, arguing that a state law that requires people who collect signatures
on candidates' petitions be registered voters violated free speech rights.
Nader's request for a review went to Justice John Paul Stevens, who referred the matter to the full court. The justices denied the request without
Democrats, fearful that Nader could cost them votes if his name is on the ballot, had presented evidence to Ohio Secretary of State Kenneth Blackwell
that petition collectors registered at fraudulent addresses or places they didn't live.
Blackwell ordered Nader's name off the ballot after a hearing officer concluded there was evidence of fraud. Nader appealed that ruling to a federal
judge, who earlier this month upheld Blackwell's decision.
How is this fair to Nader ?