BEARSE TO APPEAL TO NH BALLOT LAW COMMISSION THAT CARELESS HANDLING OF PETITIONS COST HIM PLACE ON BALLOT IN NOV. 4 ELECTION
Peter Bearse, Independent candidate for Congress in the First Congressional District, will protest to the NH Ballot Law Commission that the careless handling of petitions cost him a place on the ballot in the Nov. 4 election. He will then appeal to be put on the ballot. In a Sept. 15th letter to the Secretary of State, Bearse wrote:"The handling of our petitions...do not conform with the law..."
Bearse, of Fremont, turned in nearly 1500 signatures himself and more than 200 were sent in by town clerks, yet only 1258 were certified of 1500 required. The count of valid petitions by his campaign is significantly higher. Bearse produced voters who were registered, whose signatures were valid. He will testify that he has talked to more than a dozen people whose petitions were rejected even though they are all registered voters in the 1st District.
He reported that: After submitting his signatures to Karen Ladd, aide to the Secretary of State, she told him she had measured his pile of rejected petitions with a ruler to discover that the pile contained "500" rejects, more than enough to disqualify him from the ballot. "I and my campaign volunteers spent four months getting those signatures," Bearse will tell the Commission, "and they become invalid because a pile of allegedly uncertifiable signatures was measured with a ruler? The fundamental right of citizens to petition, and to have their petitions counted, has been undermined."
The NH Ballot Law Commission will hear Bearse's appeal Friday at 1:00 p.m. in room 302 of the Legislative Office Building.
Bearse is an international consulting economist who has worked in 15 countries, including Iraq, Pakistan and Georgia. He served as a policy advisor to former New Jersey Governors William Cahill (R) and Brendan Byrne (D). He is the author of WE THE PEOPLE, a book advocating a return to grassroots politics and a conservative populism.