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Nader Fails to Collect Enough Signatures to Make Ballot

Nader delivers 83,000 signatures to Secretray of State's office, about half the nominating signatures required to get on the ballot himself. He asks California's Greem Party to adopt him as their presidential nominee as a way onto the ballot. His VP choice, Peter Camejo, is a member of Calif. Green Party. Nader also threatens court fight to change signature threshold for independent candidates.
Nader Fails to Collect Enough Signatures to Make Calif. Ballot

SACRAMENTO (AP) 8.7.04, Updated 4:40pm -- Ralph Nader failed to gather enough signatures to make the ballot in California as an independent presidential candidate, but his campaign said Saturday that it will keep trying to get the consumer activist's name before the state's voters in November.

State election officials said Nader fell far short of the 153,035 signatures needed by Friday's deadline. He submitted 82,923 with 56 of the state's 58 counties reporting, said Lauren Hersh, a spokeswoman for the secretary of state's office.

Nader's campaign coordinator in California, Forrest Hill, said he thought the final tally was "closer to 100,000."

"It was very difficult collecting these signatures, as you can imagine," he said Saturday. "We tried to get some help, but the paid signature gatherers did not work for more than a week or two. They all quit. They said it was too abusive, the attacks that went on" from people opposed to Nader's candidacy.

Hill said the campaign was trying to convince Green Party members in California to dump David Cobb, a Eureka lawyer, as their presidential nominee and substitute Nader, who was the Green Party presidential candidate in 2000. But Hill conceded that effort was a long shot.

"We have to have a general assembly and need 80 percent of the delegates to decide to dump Cobb and put Nader-Camejo on the ballot," he said, referring to Peter Camejo, Nader's running mate. "That's probably a high test. A lot of people are probably afraid of the ramifications. It could result in disaffiliation from the national party."

The Greens have until Aug. 26 to decide which candidate they want on the ballot in California, said Hersh.

Beth Moore Haines, a spokeswoman for the Green Party of California, said changing nominees was highly unlikely.

"I think there would be considerable cost to California in good will toward the rest of the Greens in the nation, if we did something like that," she told The Sacramento Bee. "The hope is always that folks with similar values on different campaigns work as cooperatively as they can. But this would be one of the less collaborative strategies, and not one embraced by the Greens in California."

Hill said the Nader campaign could also try to get Nader on the ballot by going to court to challenge the state's signature threshold for independent candidates.

The Nader campaign says it expects its ticket to appear on more state ballots than Nader did in 2000, when he was on the ballot in 43 states and the District of Columbia.

Nader received only 2 percent of the California vote in a Field Poll released this week. Democratic nominee John Kerry led President Bush 51 percent to 40 percent in that survey of 633 likely voters. The margin of error was 4.1 percent
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Nader can't help Bush in CA anyway, so it's OK.
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Originally posted by Nazgul
Nader can't help Bush in CA anyway, so it's OK.
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i missed it way back...why isn't he with the Greens nationally?
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What is this greem party? What do they stand for?
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Originally posted by Bushdog
What is this greem party? What do they stand for?
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Originally posted by Bushdog
What is this greem party? What do they stand for?
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Solyent Greem?
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Originally posted by Venusian
i missed it way back...why isn't he with the Greens nationally?
It's not easy being Green.
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unfortunately, he's stuck being blue right now
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Looks like Kerry's going to get some more votes now. Bush should demand that Nader be on the ballot, even if he got no signatures.
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