Tuesday, August 29, 2000

Green Party files in Kentucky

Nader seeks spot on state's ballot

The Associated Press

        FRANKFORT — A petition to put Ralph Nader of the Green Party on Kentucky's presidential ballot was filed Monday.

        Ken Sain, wearing a green suit for the occasion, delivered the petition to Secretary of State John Y. Brown III.

        Mr. Sain, who is the Green Party's candidate for Congress in the 4th District, said 8,029 signatures were collected in a petition drive at the Kentucky State Fair and various regional parades and festivals.

        Mr. Nader and running mate Winona LaDuke needed 5,000 signatures under Kentucky law. It would take until today to determine how many appeared to be valid, according to the secretary of state's office.

        Mr. Sain said Green Party members, anticipating a Democratic challenge of their signatures, wanted to go well beyond the required minimum. Kentucky is considered a battleground state for Republican George W. Bush and Democrat Al Gore.

        “We've had a lot of Republicans sign the ballot because they think it's going to hurt Gore,” Mr. Sain, of Covington, said in a news conference.

        Mr. Brown, a Democrat, said he doubted his party considered Mr. Nader much of a threat in Kentucky. “His message on the environment and consumer protection resonates more in western states,” Mr. Brown said.

        Rather than pulling all his votes from Mr. Gore, Mr. Nader likely will bring out some voters who otherwise would stay home Nov. 7, Mr. Brown said.

        Petition signatures are presumed valid if they are “proper on their face,” Mr. Brown said. Anyone can challenge their validity but must go to court to do so.


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