Nader tries to get on the ballot
Ralph Nader isn't on any state's ballot yet, but he's still trying.
Texas has the earliest deadline and some of the toughest requirements to secure a place on the ballot. Nader supporters have until May 4 to collect 64,000 signatures.
Nader backers are hoping a strong showing in Texas, with the symbolism of accomplishment in Bush's home state, will boost his chances elsewhere.
"We have hundreds of people out collecting in Texas," said Jason Kafoury, Nader ballot access coordinator for the state. "It's a whole, wide variety of people, including many who have not been active in politics before."
If this is anything like the process to get on a primary ballot, he really needs about double that amount to ensure that he doesn't get tripped up by double-signers, ineligible voters, and so on. That'd be 128,000 signatures. For the record, Nader got 137,994 votes overall in Texas in 2000. Lotsa luck, fellas. Oh, and by all means, keep calling good Democrats like Byron
for assistance. I'm sure they'll all do what they can for you.
Posted by Charles Kuffner on April 20, 2004 to The making of the President
Its even tougher than expressed. In Texas, the signers must be registered voters, and not have voted in the last primary. So one has to find disenfranchised registered voters. The Libertarians are struggeling to get someone on the Texas ballot also.
I was in Mojo's in Austin last month and saw a petition on a table. I accidentally ruined it by spilling my coffee on it. Oops.
So much for "Let every vote count", eh?