Nader will be on PA presidential ballot

August 4, 2008 5:25:05 PM PDT
Barring a challenge like the one that knocked him off the Pennsylvania ballot in 2004, Ralph Nader will get to compete in the state as an independent presidential candidate. Nader is still fighting a court order to pay $81,000 in legal costs of the voters who challenged his nomination papers the last time around. He apparently succeeded in collecting the 24,666 voters' signatures that he needed by Friday to qualify for the Nov. 4 ballot.

The deadline to file challenges to independent and third-party candidates is Friday, Aug. 8.

On Monday, Nader and his 2004 running mate, Peter Miguel Camejo, said the ballot challenge was orchestrated by Democratic lawmakers and House aides as part of a conspiracy to illegally spend public money for political purposes.

In the 2004 challenge, nearly two-thirds of Nader's signatures were declared invalid following a review that involved 11 Commonwealth Court judges.