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Nader on the Ballot in Wisconsin

The Wisconsin Supreme Court ruled on Thursday that Ralph Nader and Peter Camejo are to be included on the November 2 presidential ballot in that state. A circuit court judge had knocked them off of the ballot earlier in the week claiming that Nader did not meet the qualifications to be listed as an independent candidate.

Wisconsin law requires that independent candidates demonstrate statewide support by gathering 2,000 signatures from state residents as well as listing electors from eight congressional districts. At issue was the fact that one of those electors lived in a different district than he claimed to have lived in, a mistake he attributed to the boundaries of the district having recently been redrawn.

The Wisconsin Board of Elections had granted Nader access to the ballot despite this discrepancy but a circuit court judge in Dane County later overturned that decision. The supreme court then overturned that ruling, writing that the residency requirement is not mandatory. Justice David Prosser said, “The issue to me is whether this kind of error is enough to throw someone off the ballot.” A unanimous Wisconsin Supreme Court indicated that it wasn’t.