Nader Ballot Situation Has Many County Election Officials in Quandary

OCTOBER 1, 2004 - Posted at 7:44 a.m. CDT

LITTLE ROCK, AR - County election officials across Arkansas are awaiting word from the Arkansas Supreme Court on when they can print ballots for the November 2 general election.

The high court is weighing arguments to decide whether to allow independent presidential candidate Ralph Nader to appear on the ballot.

Lawyers for Nader say he met state requirements but the Democratic Party says the paperwork was incomplete.

Election officials are behind on their timetable to have ballots in the mail to soldiers overseas.  Legislators have also complained that soldiers fighting in Afghanistan and Iraq may not be able to vote.

Nader is appealing a lower court decision striking his name from the general election ballot.

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