Politics & Government

Nader has signatures to get on S.C. ballot

Campaign officials for perennial presidential candidate Ralph Nader said Monday he has enough signatures to get on the South Carolina ballot.

The campaign said it was turning in 18,533 petitions gathered from South Carolina voters to the state Election Commission.

Nader petition organizer David Peyton said the campaign expects to be on the ballot in 45 states but sidelined in five states because of ballot access laws.

Nader isn't affiliated with a political party, Peyton said. He will appear on the ballot as a petition candidate. Peyton said Nader will keep presidential candidates John McCain and Barack Obama accountable for what they say during the campaign.

Nader last ran as the Green Party candidate in the 2004 presidential election, picking up only 5,520 of the 1.6 million votes cast.

Meanwhile, former newspaper publisher Bill Collins said he turned in 4,696 petition signatures to challenge Republican Mike Rose in the November race for a state Senate seat in Dorchester and Charleston counties.