Michigan Court Clears Way for Nader on Ballott

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Ralph Nader should be allowed on the Michigan ballot as an independent candidate for president, the Michigan Court of Appeals ruled Friday.

State election officials were working Friday to ensure Nader would appear on the Nov. 2 ballot.

Nader earlier had lost a bid to get on the Michigan ballot as he Reform Party's presidential candidate.

U.S. District Court Judge Bernard Friedman ruled Wednesday that Secretary of State Terri Lynn Land could not be expected to decide which of two rival Reform Party factions in Michigan was the proper representative. One has nominated Nader, but Land has said she wouldn't recognize the nomination until the two factions decide which one was the legitimate representative.

The case involving Nader's independent candidacy wound up in the appeals court because the Board of State Canvassers couldn't decide. The board deadlocked 2-2 on whether the 50,000 votes turned in to get Nader on the ballot should be certified.

Republicans on the board voted to certify Nader, while Democrats voted against him.