Following up on a report carried earlier today in JURIST's Paper Chase, the Florida Department of State has now filed an appeal against a temporary injunction that was preventing presidential candidate Ralph Nader from appearing on Florida ballots. The appeal application automatically lifts the injunction, allowing Florida counties to put Nader's name on overseas absentee ballots which must be mailed by Saturday.
According to Florida Division of Elections director Dawn Roberts, the decision to appeal immediately instead of waiting for the hearing on a permanent injunction was driven by the possibility that Hurricane Ivan would delay the court proceedings - a delay that would prevent Nader from appearing on the overseas ballots even if the court found in his favor. As reported earlier in JURIST's Paper Chase, Nader is also awaiting a ruling by the Florida Supreme Court on whether his name will appear on the regular Florida ballots. Reuters has more.