WASHINGTON, Sept. 28 (UPI) -- The U.S. Supreme Court Tuesday refused to help independent presidential candidate Ralph Nader get on the November ballot in Oregon.
Justice Sandra Day O'Connor, who oversees Oregon and the rest of the 9th U.S. Circuit, referred a request from Nader supporters to the full court for a vote.
Only Justice Stephen Breyer indicated he would have granted a stay of a state court order keeping Nader off the ballot.
The Oregon Supreme Court reversed a Marion County judge's ruling allowing 3,000 disputed signatures to be counted among the 18,000 on a voters' petition needed to get him on the ballot with the major candidates, President George Bush and Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass.
Nader argued the petitions were certified by the Oregon County Boards of Elections, even though they were disallowed by state election officials.
The independent candidate contended rules for signature verification propounded by the Oregon secretary of state, the state's top election official, is at odds with the spirt of state law.