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Court: Scott Ashjian to stay on ballot as Tea Party candidate

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CARSON CITY - Tea Party of Nevada candidate Scott Ashjian will stay on the ballot as a candidate for U.S. Senate, the Nevada Supreme Court ruled today.

The court rejected an appeal to force Ashjian's name off the ballot because absentee ballots have already been mailed to military and out-of-state voters, and some have been returned. "Thus, under both state and federal statutes, no further changes to absentee ballots are possible," the court said in its unanimous decision.

Republican Senate nominee Sharron Angle met secretly with Ashjian in Las Vegas last week and tried to talk him into dropping out of the race. Angle, who is locked in a tight battle with Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, said she believes any votes going to Ashjian could be crucial to her campaign.

The suit was filed by Dan Burdish and Chuck Muth, conservative activists who are members of Citizen Outreach; Anger Is Brewing, a tea party organization; the Independent American Party and other registered voters.

District Judge James Wilson of Carson City denied the petition filed by these groups, which then appealed to the state Supreme Court.

The court said absentee ballots must be ready for distribution no later than 40 days before the election, which is Sept. 23. It said Secretary of State Ross Miller has confirmed some absentee ballots have been returned with votes as have some over-the-counter absentee ballots. And absentee ballots to the military and overseas voters must be distributed before Sept. 18.

Under the law, the court said "Any legal action that would prevent absentee ballots from being distribute is moot and of no effect."

Those who sued argued that only a small percentage of absentee ballots and votes have been distributed and received by county registrars. They also complained that the ballots could be easily programmed because early and election day voting is electronically.

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  1. This is good news for all members of the Tea Party. The only real Tea Party candidate is Scott Ashjian. Sharron Angle is the Republican Party candidate.
    Tea Party people shouldn't be fooled by the California Tea Party Express which wants to turn the country into more California's.
    So Tea Party voters should vote for Scott Ashjian.

  2. This race will be studied for decades to come as a primer on how to run a dirty campaign, on ALL sides.

  3. The Angle Campaign is coming totally unglued.

    When was her last "positive" moment?

    The day she got the nomination.

    Right now, every day brings bad luck & trouble.

    Sharrron couldn't run a successful campaign for Brownie Troop Leader. In addition to having bats in her belfry, the woman has NO POLITICAL SAVVY.
    Her "bluntness" makes her look like the Wicked Witch.

    When people really consider what's important, and that electing a kook just to spite ol' Harry is not
    the answer to their problems OR Nevada's, they will vote R E I D.
    The latest Angle-phile response to their candidate's craziness;
    "She'll be a Junior Senator with ZERO clout or responsibility. How much harm can she do?"

    Yeah. That's a good point. Then we would have ZERO REPRESENTATION in the U.S. Senate... NONE.
    Because Ensign is already DONE.