Clinton, Kaine file paperwork for Iowa ballot
Four candidates official so far; Libertarian candidate Johnson expected to file soon
James Q. Lynch
CEDAR RAPIDS — Hillary Clinton and Tim Kaine have filed their paperwork to be on the Iowa Nov. 8 election ballot.
The Iowa Secretary of State confirms the paperwork was filed Thursday, nearly two weeks after they accepted their nominations at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia. SOS personnel say it typically takes a campaign a week or more to submit the paperwork.
Clinton (www.hillaryclinton.com) joins GOP nominee Donald Trump, (www.donaldjtrump.com) unaffiliated candidate Rocky Rocque De La Fuente (www.rocky2016.com/meet-rocky) and Green Party nominee Jill Stein (http://www.jill2016.com/).
Libertarians say Gary Johnson (www.johnsonweld.com) will file his ballot petition before the Aug. 19 filing deadline. He and candidates nominated by non-political party organizations must submit at least 1,500 signatures of voters in at least 10 counties. According to Libertarian volunteers, they have collected the signatures, but are hoping to gather more signatures this weekend at the Iowa State Fair before submitting their paperwork.
The GOP and Democratic parties do not have to submit petitions because they have ballot status based on having won at least 2 percent of the vote in the most recent gubernatorial or presidential election.