There's been a lot of chatter out there about the fraud and forgery that's alleged to have been committed by some of the pro-Nader folks.
Rather than continue to speculate on what's happening out there, BlueOregon has obtained scanned copies of some of the petition sheets in question - as well as some of the legal correspondence between SEIU's attorney, the Nader campaign, and the Secretary of State. See for yourself.
The Nader campaign says that SEIU used "gangster tactics" in its investigation. Take a look at the letter below and decide for yourself.
So why send the letters in the first place? We asked SEIU Local 49 chief Alice Dale, and here's what she said:
"In an attempt to understand the full scope of the fraud problem, last Thursday we mailed letters to 59 circulators. Two were delivered in person. Also, paid signature gatherers often travel from state to state, following the campaigns that pay the most, and time was of the essence."
"Unfortunately, petition circulators are often unaware that falsifying signatures is a serious enough crime that they could be liable for heavy fines or even jail. To the extent that they are being encouraged to engage in these fraudulent activities, they deserve to know the risk that they are in."
"Additionally, it was our hope that one or two honest circulators would step forth and tell us if we were on the right track. So far, unfortunately, all we have received is a cease and desist letter from the Nader for President Campaign and a groundless harassment complaint against us. The Oregon secretary of State responded to the campaign clearly: our inquiries are not harassment. And it is our position that each of us as electors has responsibility to stand up against initiative fraud. In fact, it is only by citizen complaint that initiative fraud is investigated at all."
Without further ado, here's the original documents...
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First, some of the petition sheets:
- Petition Sheet A identical handwriting on two signatures
- Petition Sheet B same two names as on sheet A
- Petition Sheet C two names on sheet C...
- Petition Sheet D ...are in the same order as sheet D.
- Petition Sheet E ...and another from sheet C.
- Petition Sheet F ...and yet another from sheet C.
- Petition Sheet G "Cyndi" from sheet C a third time.
- Petition Sheet H "Steve Mayes" twice, different signatures.
- Petition Sheet I "Robin Franklin", allegedly forged.
- Petition Sheet J ...and again.
Second, illustrations (by SEIU) that show where some addresses listed really are:
Third, the legal correspondence:
- Letter from SEIU attorney to unnamed Nader petition circulator
- Letter from Nader campaign to SEIU attorney
- Letter from Oregon Elections Division to Nader campaign - affirming SEIU's right to contact petitioners and dismisses the idea that it's harassment.
UPDATE, 8/19: See today's post... GOP Helping Nader Circulate Petitions