Nader's backers have options, await word in Oregon
Ralph Nader and his supporters have two options to get on the Oregon ballot in November, said John Lindback, director of the elections division for the Oregon Secretary of State's Office.
They could gather 15,339 signatures on petitions, which is 1 percent of the total votes cast in the 2000 presidential election.
Or they could hold an assembly of electors.
"You get 1,000 voters in a gathering somewhere, all in one place, all at one time," Lindback said. "They nominate you and sign petitions."
The deadline to submit petitions for either method is Aug. 24, he said.
Portland lawyer Greg Kafoury, whose son Jason Kafoury is working on Nader's campaign, said Sunday night he was awaiting instructions about how to advance the Nader candidacy.
"I'll do whatever he asks me to do," said Greg Kafoury, a longtime Nader friend who played an important role in the 2000 campaign.
Kafoury said Nader's candidacy would bring attention to issues that might not otherwise be fully addressed.
Also, Kafoury said Nader's candidacy may be more damaging to President Bush than to Sen. John Kerry, the likely Democratic nominee.
"His fire is going to be directed primarily at Bush," Kafoury said. "For the Democratic nominee, (Nader) is going to present the opportunity to win over Nader supporters by adopting Ralph's positions."
-- Allan Brettman