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FEDERAL COURT TO HEAR MOTION FOR INJUNCTION AGAINST OREGON SECRETARY STATE

federal court to hear motion for injunction against oregon secretary state's abusive ad hoc policies disqualifying tens of thousands of valid initiative signatures
<STRONG>A coalition of Chief Petitioners (for medical marijuana, term limits, and other measures) and voters have filed suit in U.S. District Court in Portland against Bill Bradbury, the Oregon Secretary of State, to stop implementation of his entirely new and completely unjustified policies that are trashing tens of thousands of valid signatures on statewide initiative petitions for no coherent or valid reason.

These new procedures include throwing out entire sheets of signatures of voters, merely because the circulator's pen slipped while she was writing the date on her signature at the bottom of the sheet.

In addition, An expert in document examination will testify that Secretary of State personnel are not even remotely qualified to judge the validity of circulator signatures.

Plaintiffs will show that Bill Bradbury has discriminated in his evaluation of circulator signatures and dates. He has allowed post-deadline corrections on initiatives he has endorsed but refuses to allow similar corrections, 45 days ahead of the deadline, on initiatives he has not endorsed or that involve the plaintiffs in this litigation.

The trial will be heard by the U.S. District Court of Oregon, Judge Owen Panner.

DATE: Wednesday, July 21, 2004

TIME: 9:30 a.m.

PLACE: Courtroom of Judge Owen Panner
Mark O. Hatfield U.S. Courthouse
1000 S.W. Third Avenue
Portland
The suit, legal memoranda, declaration, affidavits, and associated documents are available here:
 ftp://ftp.cirights.org/cir/legal

For more information, contact:

Linda Williams 503-293-0399