Nader ruled eligible for Oregon ballot

Published: Sept. 10, 2004 at 1:13 PM

PORFTLAND, Ore., Sept. 10 (UPI) -- Ralph Nader's name apparently will be on the Oregon presidential ballot after all, but Democrats and Republicans say it won't matter.

A Marion County judge ruled Secretary of State Bill Bradbury exceeded his authority when he disqualified hundreds of voter signatures backing Nader's name on the Nov. 2 ballot.

Circuit Judge Paul Lipscomb ordered state officials to include Nader as an independent candidate for president, the Portland Oregonian said.

Bradbury's staff said the state will appeal the ruling directly to the Oregon Supreme Court and ask for a decision in time to keep Nader off the ballot.

Oregon Democratic Party Chairman Jim Edmunson and state Republican Chairman Kevin Mannix agreed Nader appeared to be having little impact in Oregon.

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