Petitions for Nadar have been subject to many problems. Too many of the names required have not been verifyable with voter registration authorites. There was clear support for petition signings for Nadar by a few Republicans, hopefully to pull votes from Kerry. If a person didn't get enough valid signatures on nomination petitions to qualify on the ballot, then that's the law. Generally a canidate has to get a fixed number or percentage of petion signatures of registered voters in a state or percentages in each county or legisgative district. Usually a petition canidate will get well over the required limits to cover for invalid signatures. Probably here there quanity of invalid signatures brought the requires signature numbers below the states' requirement. I agree it is too bad we don't have a viable 3rd party canidate or at least one whom can spark ideas, later adopted by one of the Dem. or Rep. canidates (like Ross Perot as to the Deficit issue, later adopted by Clinton). On the other hand, without Nader on the ballot to be used as a protest vote, maybe a truer vote as to Bush and Kerry will be the result, especially as this is a key battleground state.