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Bush missed the filing deadline for getting on the Florida ballot. OK. Why is this not a full-blown story? The St. Pete Times is covering it, and the Democratic party is letting this slide. In a race this close, you think the GOP wouldn’t have taken this seriously? If Nader missed a deadline, you think either party would? Jesus.

The latest effort to disqualify Ralph Nader as a presidential candidate in Florida has led to renewed scrutiny of papers filed by other candidates – including President Bush.

State law sets a Sept. 1 deadline for the governor to certify a list of presidential electors for each party’s candidates.

But Sept. 1 was also the day President Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney were being nominated at their party’ convention in New York. Consequently, some of their paperwork did not arrive at state elections headquarters until Sept. 2, a day after Gov. Jeb Bush certified the candidates for president.

…Spokeswoman Jenny Nash said Friday the law is clear: The deadline applies to the governor and the list of presidential electors, not to the candidates themselves. The list of Republican electors released by Hood’s office does not show a time stamp indicating when the document was received by the state.

Democrats said they aren’t so sure, but they won’t challenge the Bush campaign’s papers.

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