Brewer vs. Nader: The U.S. Supreme Court Refuses to Hear Arizona's Appeal on Ballot Law
|Ralph Nader wins his battle against Arizona's ballot laws.|
Presidential hopeful Ralph Nader sued the state after Arizona ballot laws caused him to withdraw his candidacy in the state back in 2004. The laws forbade out-of-state signature collections, and required independent candidates to submit their signatures by June (major party candidates didn't have to submit until the fall). Nader argued that the laws inhibited free speech rights, and the courts agreed.
Thirteen other states, including Alabama, Colorado, Florida, and Ohio, wanted the high court to reverse the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals' decision. Nineteen states and the District of Columbia have residency requirements laws in place similar to those just overturned in Arizona.