Ohio Supreme Court Rejects Nader Ballot Bid

Today the Ohio Supreme Court rejected a request by Ralph Nader to place his name on the ballot.

Nader wanted the court to force election boards to review their voter registration lists, a process Nader said could have led to the validation of petitions to place him on the ballot.

The court ruled six-to-one against Nader, saying his campaign waited too long to raise its concerns.

Nader had argued that a backlog of applications prevented boards from confirming valid signatures on his petitions.

The court’s decision is available to read here. You can also read all the relevant briefs on the Nader Ohio issue at Andrew Hyman’s website.

The campaign is appealing this decision to the US Supreme Court, which is already meeting today to consider Nader’s Pennsylvania appeal.

Nader Asks for US Supreme Court Help in Pennsylvania

Today Ralph Nader asked the US Supreme Court to put him on the Pennsylvania ballot. This is only the second time Nader has asked for help from the US Supreme Court this year. He previously requested that court to list him in Oregon, but his attempt was denied by a vote of 8-1.

Pennsylvania law, by its very terms and definitions, does not require signers to be registered voters. Instead they must be eligible to be registered to vote. That is the basis of Nader’s appeal to the US Supreme Court.

Op-Ed in San Jose Mercury News on Prop. 62

Ballot Access News editor Richard Winger wrote an op-ed opposing California’s Proposition 62 in today’s San Jose Mercury News. The newspaper previously endorsed a vote in favor of the measure.

Proposition 62 would enact a Louisiana-style election system where only the top two candidates in the primary would appear on the November ballot, regardless of party. This would result in third parties rarely appearing on the November ballot in California.