And you thought the 2000 election was fun. Hold on to your hats, folks:
Two Arizona voters on Wednesday filed the first Democratic challenge to independent Ralph Nader’s bid to get on a state’s November presidential ballot.
The Democrats’ lawsuit alleged that more than 70 percent of the 21,500 petition signatures filed on behalf of Nader are invalid. Nader needs 14,694 valid signatures to get on the Arizona ballot.
Democrats Dorothy Schultz and Betty Elizabeth Hughes alleged that some of the people who circulated petitions for Nader didn’t meet residency requirements and other qualifications.
Three of the petition circulators are prohibited from gathering signatures because they are convicted felons, the lawsuit said.
“If (Nader) is going to be on the ballot, it has to be in a legitimate way,” said Arizona Democratic Chairman Jim Pederson.
The Arizona Democratic Party, which under state law can’t file the challenge in its name, said it supports the lawsuit.
We’ll file this under “Letting Every Vote Count.”