Updated Election Results for Nader/Gonzalez State by State

The Nader/Gonzalez Campaign Files for Nebraska Ballot Line, Overcoming Restrictive Laws

Thursday, August 28, 2008 at 12:00:00 AM

Media Advisory
Contact: (Washington) Chris Driscoll, 202-360-3273, chris@votenader.org;
(NE) Aaron Lotz, 402-309-9424, aaron@votenader.org


Supporters of Independent Presidential Candidate Ralph Nader will submit petitions to the Nebraska Secretary of State's office Friday Aug. 29, to place Mr. Nader and running-mate Matt Gonzalez on the November 2008 election ballot.

Since Mr. Nader announced his intent to run during a February 24 appearance on NBC's "Meet the Press", the Nader/Gonzalez Campaign has made steady progress toward it's goal of appearing on the ballot in 45 states and is on schedule to meet that goal.

Nebraska's ballot access laws prevents anyone who has voted in the primary election from signing any candidate petition, which makes collecting the required valid voters' signatures--2, 500--exceedingly difficult. Despite these restrictions, the Nader/Gonzalez campaign will submit more than 5,000, double the required number.

Nebraskans will thus have a candidate who proposes a single-payer, Canadian-style, private delivery, free-choice public health insurance system for all--13 percent of Nebraskans have no health insurance. Mr. Nader also proposes a living minimum wage, which would be a great relief to Nebraska, one of ten states whose poverty level has increased steadily in recent years.

Aaron Lotz, Nebraska Nader/Gonzalez State Coordinator, will host a news conference at 11 a.m. at the State Capitol, 3rd floor, Elections Division, Lincoln, Nebraska, 68509.

WHO: Nebraska Supporters of Nader/Gonzalez 2008 Campaign  
WHAT: News Conference and nominating petitions submission  
WHEN: 11 a.m. Friday August 29
WHERE: State Capitol, 3rd floor, Elections Division, Lincoln, Nebraska, 68509.

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.