washingtonpost.com  > Politics > Elections > 2004 Election

High Court Leaves Nader Off Ballot in Pennsylvania

Associated Press
Sunday, October 24, 2004; Page A09

The Supreme Court yesterday refused to place independent presidential candidate Ralph Nader on the ballot in Pennsylvania, leaving in place a state court finding of flawed signatures on voter petition sheets.

Nader asked the court Thursday to review Pennsylvania's decision to remove him. A state court cited legal problems with his nomination papers that left him thousands of signatures short of the number required for the Nov. 2 ballot.

Nader campaign spokesman Kevin Zeese called the decision "disappointing" and said Nader will continue to appeal decisions made on the state level, even after the election.

Nader wanted the justices to put him on the ballot while they considered whether to hear an appeal of the Pennsylvania ruling.

The Supreme Court has not yet acted on a similar appeal from Nader involving Ohio.

Nader will be on the ballot in 34 states and the District of Columbia.

© 2004 The Washington Post Company