Kennedy Submits Second Round of Signatures, Defeats Attempt to Block Ballot Access in Nevada

CARSON CITY, NV—JULY 5, 2024—The Kennedy campaign today announced it has submitted the required signatures — for the second time — to gain ballot access in Nevada after the Secretary of State made a desperate attempt in March to keep Kennedy off the ballot.

“The voters of Nevada have, for a second time, demonstrated their enthusiasm and determination to place Kennedy on Nevada’s general election ballot,” said Kennedy Campaign Senior Counsel Paul Rossi. “The campaign will continue to vigorously defend the rights of Nevada voters to cast their ballots for Kennedy against the continued frivolous effort by the infirmed Biden campaign to strike us from the ballot.” 

More than 30,000 signatures were submitted on Wednesday after volunteers were forced to recollect signatures after Nevada Secretary of State, Democrat Francisco Aguilar, reinterpreted the state’s ballot access rules after the first round of petitioning had been complete. 

In January, the Secretary of State’s office expressly approved the circulation of Robert F. Kennedy Jr.’s nomination petition without naming the vice president on the petition. But after the campaign collected more than 20,000 signatures, nearly 10,000 more than were required to gain ballot access in Nevada, Aguilar announced in March his office was wrong and petitions circulated without the name of a VP candidate were invalid. 

In June, the Kennedy campaign filed a federal challenge to Aguilar’s reinterpretation of the state’s ballot access rules, challenging, on equitable estoppel grounds, the right of the Secretary of State to reject any petition page circulated in reliance of the Secretary’s instruction to circulate the nomination petition without the name of Kennedy’s vice presidential candidate recorded thereon. 

“Nevada voters have spoken again to put Kennedy on the ballot for President in November,” said Nevada State Director Randell Hynes. “Gathering signatures for a second time gave us a unique perspective. We learned many more Nevadans knew Kennedy was running. We also had hundreds of thousands of face-to-face conversations we would not have had otherwise.” 

The campaign’s aggressive ballot access operation has surpassed all its milestones to ensure the Kennedy-Shanahan ticket is on the ballot in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. The ballot access operation is fully funded with more than $15 million raised.

The Kennedy-Shanahan campaign has collected the signatures needed for ballot access in 27 states, totaling 363 electoral votes, 67% of the 538 total electoral votes nationwide. 

The Kennedy-Shanahan ticket is officially on the ballot in 9 statesCalifornia, Colorado, Delaware, Hawaii, Michigan, Minnesota, Oklahoma, South Carolina, and Utah.

The campaign has submitted its signatures in 13 statesAlaska, Nebraska, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas, Washington, Illinois, New Mexico, and now Nevada, again.

It has collected enough signatures for ballot access in 5 states Florida, Idaho, Iowa, Mississippi, and New Hampshire.

On May 1, the Kennedy campaign released results from a Zogby poll showing Kennedy beats both Presidents Biden and Trump in head-to-head matchups. Trump defeats Biden handily. Kennedy beats President Trump in a two-way race, by a tight margin. In a two-way race between Kennedy and President Biden, Kennedy wins in a landslide. Kennedy is the first independent ever to defeat both major party candidates in head-to-head matchups.

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