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Nader misses OR ballot by 214 signatures

Official Press Release from Oregon Secretary of State's Office.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 1, 2004
Contact:
Anne Martens
503-986-1502

Nader and Kucera Fail to Qualify for the Ballot

SALEM - Secretary of State Bill Bradbury announced today that independent candidates Ralph Nader and Sandra Kucera failed to qualify for the Oregon presidential and vice presidential ballot.

The Nader/Kucera campaign turned in 15,088 valid signatures, failing to meet the statutory requirement of 15,306 to qualify for the ballot. The Nader/Kucera campaign brought signatures to the Secretary of State's Elections Division last week, but many of the signatures do not count because of the Nader campaign's failure to comply with the legal requirements governing petition circulation and signature sheets.

"It's my duty to uphold the law, and it is clear that signatures on sheets that do not comply with the law cannot be counted," said Bradbury.

There were numerous problems with the Nader/Kucera petitions. Among the many requirements that were not met by the Nader/Kucera campaign, the law requires that signature sheets be numbered by the campaign before being turned in to the county clerks for signature verification. The numbers allow sheets to be tracked and double-checked between the county clerks and the Elections Division. Elections officials found that in many cases signature sheets were not numbered by the campaign at all, or the numbers were altered by the Nader campaign after the sheets left the county clerks but before they were turned in to the Secretary of State.

"Any alteration of public documents opens the door to fraud," said Bradbury, "and threatens the integrity of the elections process."

Additional signatures could not be counted because of the Nader/Kucera campaign's failure to properly sign and date signature sheets. The sign and date rules, recently upheld by a federal court, also serve to prevent fraud.

Bradbury went on to say that he was "disappointed in the Nader campaign," but that "Nader failed to follow the law, and my job is to uphold it."


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what are libbys doing 02.Sep.2004 00:18

upset freakingcold@gmail.com

hmmm... lets look at this. a group of (theoretically) intelligent people want to get their person (mr. nader) on to the ballot. I can respect that. what I don't respect is the idea that liberals are liers. That is what the people at the nader campaign headquarters are doing. instead of fostering the idea that we know what we are talking about (bush=bad, trees=good, etc.) they make it seem like we will do what we want to suite our own ends.

liberals are liars 02.Sep.2004 00:26

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And they will do whatever it takes to meet their own anti-democracy corporate ends. BTW, the democrats think trees are bad, just ask Wyden and Feinstein. Oh wait, if you ask they'll lie. Instead look at their actions. Actions speak louder than words, don't they.

No more democrats, no more republicans, let's have a real democracy for change.

Expose the fraudsters. 02.Sep.2004 02:50

Tony Blair's dog

"The numbers allow sheets to be tracked and double-checked between the county clerks and the Elections Division. Elections officials found that in many cases signature sheets were not numbered by the campaign at all, or the numbers were altered by the Nader campaign after the sheets left the county clerks but before they were turned in to the Secretary of State.

"Any alteration of public documents opens the door to fraud," said Bradbury, "and threatens the integrity of the elections process.""


The numbering is there to "facilitate" the counting process and are not a validity mark.

If there is any question about the important stuff, in this case the signatures it is an easy
task to do a double check.

Maybe Bill Bradbury was too "tired" to aid in making sure that happened? ;-)

Can we still WRITE-IN Nader?? 02.Sep.2004 04:55

Time to make the donuts...

Can't we still WRITE-IN Nader even if he's not on the ballot??
I cannot bring myself to vote for the other scum on the ballot this year.

Yes, write Nadar in. 02.Sep.2004 07:55

Bill

Yes, you can write him in. I am going to.

Read the truth about the signatures -- Sec of State has defrauding Oregon voters 02.Sep.2004 23:34

IMPEACH BUSH NOW!

 http://naderoregon.org

Oregon campaign calls on Secretary of State to "respect each signature"
August 30, 2004

Last Tuesday, August 24th, the Nader Campaign submitted more than 18,100 signatures, each of which had been individually validated by County Elections officials. This process included confirming that the signor was currently registered to vote in that county, and comparing the actual signature on the sheet to the original signature of that voter as displayed on a computer screen. Voters were weeded out who had moved or had not voted for a period of time, also not counted were those who were properly registered, but in a different county.

The verified signatures came from over 28,000 signatures actually submitted by the campaign. The verification numbers were consistent with those of other political campaigns.

Now the Secretary of State is being pressured by politically inspired groups to strike whole categories of signatures based on matters that have nothing whatsoever to do with the validity of the signatures themselves. These include such administrative technicalities as whether petition sheets were numbered by the counties or by the Nader Campaign, the failure of a circulator to include the year when writing the date of his signature (even though all signatures were obvious this year), or where the signature gatherer wrote two dates, one indicating the date that he began circulating for signatures, and the other indicating the day the person stopped circulating.

"Those seeking to prevent Oregon voters from having an opportunity to vote for Nader this fall have now been reduced to complaining about the most trivial administrative matters in order to pressure the Secretary to strike entire sheets of signatures when the signatures themselves have already been established as valid. We urge the secretary to uphold the integrity of Oregon's election by honoring the signatures which have already been established as valid, and urge him to reject the political pressure of those who seek nothing but to limit the choices of Oregon's voters," said Greg Kafoury, a spokesman for the campaign.

The same people seeking to discard these signature had their representative observing the validation process in the tri-county area, and they had an opportunity to object to signatures that they thought should not have been verified. Further, the Secretary of State's office ordered the removal of signature sheets at the county elections for any number of administrative considerations, and this meant that the sheets were no longer consecutively numbered. Based on advice from the Secretary of State, the Nader Campaign submitted sheets which did not have numbers, so that these sheets could later be inserted into the sequence in order to restore consecutive numbering. Now this process which was already approved faces complaint by those who have no valid basis to complain about anything.