Perot coming to Annapolis with 140,000 petitions

June 23, 1992|By C. Fraser Smith | C. Fraser Smith,Staff Writer

ANNAPOLIS -- Ross Perot, the undeclared candidate for president, will be here tomorrow for the ceremonial presentation of more than 140,000 signatures obtained from Marylanders who want him on the ballot this November.

In fact, the Perot petitions were delivered to county election boards around the state yesterday. Each signature must be verified as belonging to a registered voter -- and the voter rolls are kept by local boards.

Nevertheless, the candidate and a flotilla of 24 boats will cruise into the Annapolis City Dock about noon carrying facsimiles of the petitions. The boats represent Baltimore and the state's 23 counties.

In a press release describing the flotilla, the Perot campaign in Dallas referred to Baltimore as the capital of Maryland.

"They did it again?" asked Carol Feldman, a press aide in the Perot petition campaign's Annapolis office. "We had this conversation before.Once they even went to the trouble of inserting the mistake. We called them and they apologized. I guess we could needle them and say Ross is from Dallas, the capital of Texas."

The Texas billionaire, who needs 63,000 valid signatures to get on the ballot in Maryland, will speak to supporters at the dock. The deadline for presenting the petitions is Aug. 3.

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