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Nader ordered on ballot in PA, taken off in AR, NM

[JURIST] The Pennsylvania Supreme Court has ordered Ralph Nader back on Pennsylvania's ballot, reversing a Commonwealth Court decision that removed Nader from the ballot on the grounds that, as a member of the Reform Party in Michigan, Nader didn't meet Pennsylvania's definition of independent. In its order [PDF], the court directed the lower court to conduct hearings on whether Nader's nominating petitions were marred by fraud. The Philadelphia Inquirer has more.

In Arkansas, a judge has said that Nader should be removed from the state's ballot, ruling in favor of a Democratic party challenge that over 300 signatures could not be matched in a state voter database. AP has more.

In New Mexico, after the first judge recused herself from the case, a second state district judge ruled that Nader cannot run as an independent candidate in New Mexico because he is affiliated with parties elsewhere. Nader's supporters plan to appeal the decision to the New Mexico Supreme Court Tuesday. The Albuquerque Journal has more.

The three decisions follow an earlier Maryland Court of Appeals decision to allow Nader on the ballot, as reported on JURIST's Paper Chase. The Nader campaign has reaction to the Maryland and Pennsylvania decisions and an overview of Nader's legal efforts to gain access to state ballots.

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