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Tuesday, December 18 Politics

On deadline day, Griebel says he’ll have enough signatures for ballot

If you’ve forgotten about the independent candidate for governor, here’s an update: Signatures for Oz Griebel and Monte Frank to appear on the November ballot are due today and the campaign will submit enough to meet the threshold, a spokesman said.

Griebel, running for governor, and Frank, for lieutenant governor, need 7,500 certified signatures of registered Connecticut voters by the end of the business day. The secretary of the state certified 3,800 as of July 31, campaign spokesman Christ Cooper said.

The campaign will submit another 5,400 signatures plus a few more that dribble in, Cooper said. So far, about 10 percent have been disqualified for various reasons and if that rate holds up, Griebel would end up with a total of 8,660 — easily enough to qualify.

If, say, 20 percent of the newly submitted signatures are rejected, Griebel would end up with 8,120 certified, a smaller cushion.

The effort has included as many as 200 volunteers working to gather and organize signatures, Cooper said. Town clerks have up to two weeks to certify signatures gathered in their towns and the secretary of the state has until sept. 5 to make a final determination.

— Dan Haar

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