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Tuesday, 06 July 2010 07:11

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (AP) — James Traficant's bid to return to Congress after seven years in prison hangs on a review of petitions in northeast Ohio's Trumbull County.

Elections officials meet Tuesday to go over voter signatures Traficant turned in to run this fall as an independent, in a district which also reaches into three other counties. Traficant's petitions have been evaluated in those counties, and he fell short of the required numbers of valid signatures.

Traficant political adviser Linda Kovachik says she's confident he'll make the ballot. She says signatures were bad in one of the other counties because voters were confused about which congressional district they lived in.

Traficant served time for corruption. He wants to challenge Democratic U.S. Rep. Tim Ryan.