Traficant, an outspoken former Democratic lawmaker who was released from prison last year after serving time for his 2002 convictions on racketeering, bribery and tax evasion charges, fell 31 signatures short of the required 2,154 signatures to appear on the ballot — or 1 percent of the total number of district voters who participated in the 2006 gubernatorial election.
Traficant is attempting to unseat a fellow Democrat-- a former aide, in fact. Traficant's trial and time in prison have left him a felon, unable to vote for himself in the election.
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