Florida Defines “National Party”

During the 2004 election, Democrats attempted to derail Ralph Nader’s bid by challenging the Reform Party’s ballot status in Florida. They argued that, although the Reform Party endorsed Nader as their candidate, they had also ceased to function as a true national party. Since there was no legal definition of what a “national party” actually was, Nader and the Reform Party did appear.

Now, the state has taken steps to clarify things with this ruling, as reported by Ballot Access News. The new standard is that the party must have also qualified for the ballot in at least one other state.

In 2004, Nader went on to win 32,971 votes in Florida on the Reform Party line… but that number was down substantially from his controversial 2000 Green Party showing of 97,488 votes.

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