MACHIAS — A hearing is scheduled in Machias to weigh evidence in Ralph Nader’s lawsuit accusing Democrats of conspiring to keep him off the ballot in the 2004 presidential race.

The hearing is set for Friday in Superior Court.

More than 250 pieces of evidence have been submitted to support Nader’s claims in his 2009 lawsuit.

The lawsuit contends Democratic leaders conspired to use the courts to sabotage Nader and his 2004 running mate, the late Peter Camejo. Defendants include John Kerry’s 2004 presidential campaign, the Democratic National Committee and the Maine Democratic Party.

Nader and Camejo, running as independents, appeared on the 2004 presidential ballot in 34 states. George W. Bush won the election.