Presidential Candidate Petitions

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For Immediate Release 
August 5, 2004
Contact:Dan Gwadosky
207-626-8400

Presidential Candidates File Petitions with Secretary of State

AUGUSTA, MAINE – Secretary of State Dan A. Gwadosky has announced that petitions were submitted to Maine’s Division of Elections on behalf of three presidential candidates before the 5:00 p.m. Monday filing deadline. A minimum of 4,000 valid signatures of Maine voters was required by the close of business on August 16, 2004 for placement of a non-party candidate’s name on the November 2 nd General Election ballot.

Petitions on behalf of Constitution Party candidate Michael A. Peroutka were submitted last week. The petitions have been reviewed and certified. Enough valid signatures were submitted. Petitions for The Better Life Party candidate Ralph Nader and Libertarian Party candidate Michael Badnarik were submitted late Monday afternoon. Elections Division staff have certified 4,128 signatures for Ralph Nader and 4,282 for Michael Badnarik.

“The filing of presidential candidate petitions is an important part of Maine’s electoral process. It is one of many significant features of our state’s democratic system of government,” Secretary Gwadosky commented.

The presidential candidates representing Maine’s three officially recognized parties—Democratic, Green Independent and Republican—are not required to submit petitions. Party officials confirm their nominee for the General Election ballot by submitting documentation to the Secretary of State following their nominating conventions.

Documentation has been received from the Green Independent Party on behalf of nominee David Cobb. Democratic Party officials have submitted the required documentation on behalf of John Kerry. A filing on behalf of George W. Bush will be made following the Republican Party convention.