FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 22, 2004
"We salute the efforts of those who have recruited additional staff and those who have worked overtime and on the weekends in order to assure that every signature is counted, as they have traditionally done. Their willingness to do what one county clerk called "whatever it takes" is enormously appreciated. By their professionalism, integrity and diligence, they safeguard the core of our democracy, which is nourished by more voices and choices."
In any petition campaign, the last weekend is always the most productive. Last week, the Nader campaign sent e-mails to the eight larger counties, advising them that they could expect a large number of signatures to be dropped off at 8:00 a.m. on Monday and suggesting that they take whatever steps were necessary in order to have the signatures which had already been delivered to them completed by then and to have available the necessary resources in order to validate the new signatures in a timely manner.
Multnomah County has had some difficulty. The county had 4,000 signatures completely validated by August 11th, then on instructions from the Secretary of State, the county began the entire process over. The county has acknowledeged that it initially failed to perform the required step of checking for duplicates. As of Friday, August 20, the Nader Campaign still had not been allowed to retrieve those signature sheets, nor any of the other signature sheets that Multnomah County has validated.
A second county has also had signature sheets since August 12th and by Friday had apparently not completed validation of any of the signatures.
Observers from the Nader Campaign have watched the process at Multnomah County of the basic validation procedure (excluding a check for duplicates and a second review of rejected signatures). Normally, it takes one staff member thirty seconds to validate one signature. With ten people at the computers, the basic validation should be capable of being completed at a rate of at least 600 signatures per hour.
All of the counties have experience in ramping up their capacity when necessary. The campaign has made regular deliveries of signatures to the various counties, and more than 20,000 signatures had already been delivered to the counties before the end of last week.
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