Thursday, July 3, 2008 | 1:06 p.m.
CARSON CITY – Four years ago Ralph Nader ran for president but he collected only 4,838 votes in Nevada.
But Nader is off and running again, despite failing to draw much support in Nevada in three elections.
His supporters say they have collected signatures of 12,000 voters, or more than the 5,746 required to get him a place on the ballot as an independent candidate. They are filing the signatures in the counties today.
“The issues important to Nevada residents are not being addressed,” said Dutch Merrick, regional coordinator of the Nader campaign. He said Nevadans don’t want nuclear waste dumped at Yucca Mountain.
And Nader, according to Merrick, opposes expanding nuclear energy and instead supports developing solar resources.
Nader ran in 2000 and gathered 15,008 votes and in 1996 when he collected 4,730 votes. He placed fourth in the 1996 election and third each in 2000 and 2004.
He says he wants to get on the ballot in 45 states.