Ralph Nader fails to make the ballot in Missouri, but there still will be more than two choices for president at the top of the state ballot this November. Supporters of Ralph Nader submitted 12,893 petition signatures to the Secretary of State’s office, but only 9,006 were determined to be valid, 994 short of the 10,000 needed for ballot status. Constitution Party candidate Michael Peroutka does make the ballot. His supporters submitted 15,344 signatures. The Secretary of State’s office found 11,393 were valid. The Progressive Party didn’t make it. It had attempted to gather enough signatures to place candidates for Lt. Governor, Secretary of State and State Treasurer on the ballot. State law requires 10,000 signatures of registered voters to place a presidential candidate or a statewide candidate on the ballot. With the success of the Constitution Party, Missourians will see four names at the top of the ballot November 2nd, representing the Republican Party, Democratic Party, Libertarian Party and Constitution Party. The Constitution Party has been on the ballot before, in 2000. The party needs to get 2% of the vote in the presidential race to qualify for permanent ballot status, a position the Libertarian Party now enjoys.
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