Updated Election Results for Nader/Gonzalez State by State

Nader/Gonzalez Campaign Concludes Successful D.C. Ballot drive with over 7,500 Signatures

Monday, August 18, 2008 at 12:00:00 AM

News Advisory
Contact: (Washington) Chris Driscoll, 202-360-3273, chris@votenader.org; (local) Kymone Freeman, 202-413-6160, kymone@votenader.org


Supporters of Independent Presidential Candidate Ralph Nader Tuesday, Aug. 18, will hold a news conference and submit petitions to to the District of Columbia Board of Elections, 441 4th Street, NW, Suite 250 North, Washington, D.C., 20001, to place Mr. Nader and running-mate Matt Gonzalez on the November 2008 election ballot.

Washington will be the 31st ballot line for which the Nader/Gonzalez Campaign has filed since the consumer advocate announced his intent to run during a February 24 appearance on NBC's "Meet the Press." D.C. Ballot access law requires submission of the signatures of 3,900 registered voters. The Nader/Gonzalez campaign will submit more than 7,500 signatures.

Gaining a ballot line in Washington is particularly meaningful as Ralph Nader has long championed the cause of statehood for D.C., whose lack of congressional representatives and lack of control over budgets effectively make D.C. a colony, subject to taxation without representation. Mr. Nader further advocates a Marshall Plan for the cities: rebuilding deteriorated infrastructures and creating domestic jobs.

Kymone Freeman, D.C. Nader/Gonzalez 2008 Coordinator, and Nader/Gonzalez supporters, will be available at 4 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 19, in Judiciary Square Plaza in front of the District of Columbia Board of Elections, 441 4th Street, NW, Suite 250 North, Washington, D.C., 20001, to answer news media questions.

WHO: Washington D.C. Supporters of Nader/Gonzalez 2008 Campaign

WHAT: News Conference and Turn-in of nominating petitions

WHEN: 4 p.m., Tuesday., Aug. 19, 2008

WHERE: Judiciary Square Plaza, in front of the District of Columbia Board of Elections, 441 4th Street, NW, Suite 250 North, Washington, D.C., 20001

About Ralph Nader
Attorney, author, and consumer advocate Ralph Nader has been named by Time Magazine one of the "100 Most Influential Americans in the 20th Century." For more than four decades he has exposed problems and organized millions of citizens into more than 100 public interest groups advocating solutions. He led the movement to establish the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the Consumer Product Safety Commission, and was instrumental in enacting the Safe Drinking Water Act, the Motor Vehicle Safety Act, the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) and countless other pieces of important consumer legislation. Because of Ralph Nader we drive safer cars, eat healthier food, breathe better air, drink cleaner water, and work in safer environments. Nader graduated from Princeton University and received an LL.B from Harvard Law School.

About Matt Gonzalez
Matt Gonzalez was elected to the San Francisco Board of Supervisors in 2000 representing San Francisco's fifth council district. From 2003 to 2005, he served as Board of Supervisors President. A former public defender, Gonzalez is managing partner of Gonzalez & Leigh, a 7-attorney practice in San Francisco that represents individuals and organizations in mediation, arbitration, and administrative proceedings before state and federal regulatory bodies. Gonzalez graduated from Columbia University and received a JD from Stanford Law School.

About the Nader/Gonzalez Campaign
According to a CNN-Opinion Research Corp. poll conducted from July 27-29, Ralph Nader is at 6 percent nationally (equivalent to about 10 million eligible voters), higher than his highest major poll numbers during the same time period in 2000 and approaching the 10 percent threshold required for eligibility to participate in "America's Presidential Debate in New Orleans," a Google-sponsored event scheduled for September 18. In the key swing state of Michigan -- whose Democratic voters were partially disenfranchised by the Democratic National Committee -- an EPIC-MRA poll found Nader at 8-10 percent.

For more information on the Nader/Gonzalez campaign, visit: votenader.org.