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First Lieberman Petition Signatures Submitted

by: Yoss

Wed Aug 02, 2006 at 10:24:08 AM EDT

The Journal-Inquirer has the scoop on the first petition signatures that have been turned in on behalf of the Lieberman camp:

Area town clerks have begun reviewing the names of hundreds of voters backing U.S. Joseph I. Lieberman's petition effort to guarantee him a place on the November ballot.
Clerk offices in Manchester, Vernon, and East Hartford all confirmed receiving signatures this week from the Lieberman campaign, which is headed for an Aug. 8 Democratic primary against Greenwich cable executive Ned Lamont.

Manchester Town Clerk Joseph V. Camposeo said today that his office received 450 signatures that must be examined. East Hartford Clerk Sharon A. Miller said her office has received 154, and Vernon Town Clerk Bernice K. Dixon's office reported today that 213 signatures have been turned in.

Municipal clerks are required by state law to complete their review such signatures within two weeks of receipt. Only Connecticut voters are eligible to sign.

Has anyone else heard reports of other signatures being turned into Town Clerk offices? As the mysterious "auxiliary group" of 25 Lieberman supporters work behind the scenes to fulfill Joe 'Petitioning-Douchebag' Lieberman's dream of abandoning the Democratic Party, I would be very interested to know what the official count is.

Update -- Maura makes a good point that the Lieberman camp is probably sitting on most of these signatures until Primary day rolls around, but this does beg the question: Why release any at all?

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They don't want stories like this (0.00 / 0)
So most likely they'll keep most of their sigs and turn them in on primary day.  That way they don't remind Democratic voters that they're planning on giving them the finger at the same time as they are trying to woo Democratic voters with their bullshit about how Joe is a "loyal" Democrat.

I wondered this as well... (0.00 / 0)
Why would the Lieberman campaign be turning any of these in now? It just doesn't make a lot of sense.

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A theory (0.00 / 0)
They may be just trying to get a small feel of how many of their signatures are going to hold up.

Social libertarian.

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I agree (0.00 / 0)
I wouldn't advise anyone here to get excited about the low number of signature at this point. I'm sure that the Lieberman camp is trying to make it appear that they are struggling with the signatures to give Lamont supporters a false sense of security so don't try our very hardest to turn out the vote on Aug 8. 

"If tyranny and oppression come to this land, it will be in the guise of fighting a foreign enemy."--James Madison

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I was talking about this yesteday with someone (0.00 / 0)
And I may be wrong but I think the sigs need to be certified with town clerks before they're handed in on 8/9.

If so, this all will need to be done in the next few days.

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Petition Pages - The Law Is WRONG.... (0.00 / 0)
Here is what the Instruction Page for Nominating Petitions say about submission of signatures to Town Clerks...

Time and Place of Filing

Each nominating petition page must be submitted either to the Secretary of the State, or to the town clerk of the town in which the signers of the page reside, not later than 4:00 p.m. Wednesday, August 9, 2006. The town clerk or assistant town clerk in each town in which the election is to be held must be in their office between 1:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. on this deadline day to accept petition pages. The town clerk must give a receipt to the person submitting petition pages, indicating the number of pages submitted and the date uponwhich they were submitted.

Checking of Signatures by Town Clerk or Registrars of Voters

When the pages are submitted to the town clerk the town clerk must certify on each such page the date upon which it was submitted to him. Within two weeks of the town clerk's receipt of any petition page, the town clerk must check the signers of the petition page against the names of electors on the registry list, certify the petition page, and file the page with the Secretary of the State.

The town clerk may delegate the duty to check the names of signers to the Registrars of Voters in his town, if the
Registrars consent. In this case the Registrars must execute a receipt stating the number of nominating petition pages so received from the clerk; check the names; certify that the names have been checked; and, after making the required certifications, return the checked petition
pages to the town clerk for transmittal to the Secretary of the State.

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