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Americans Elect Asks for Appeal (Sep 05, 2012)

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - A third-party political group whose presidential candidate has been denied a spot on Oklahoma's general election ballot wants the state Supreme Court to prevent ballots from being printed and order its candidate included.

An attorney for Americans Elect, Jim Linger, told a Supreme Court referee Wednesday that the group has complied with state laws and gathered enough signatures to become a recognized political party in Oklahoma. But state election officials barred the party's candidates from the ballot.

Senior Assistant Attorney General Neal Leader says Americans Elect national board of directors, and not the state group, was empowered to select the party's presidential electors. The national group notified election officials last month it had dissolved its status as a qualified political party.

The state's highest court didn't immediately decide the issue.

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