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Sanders can appear on 2016 Democratic primary election ballot

In other election news, Chris Telfer to run for state treasurer as Independent candidate

PAMPLIN MEDIA GROUP: DIEGO DIAZ - U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vermont) packed the Moda Center with supporters on Aug. 9.Good news for supporters of Bernie Sanders — he can appear on the 2016 Democratic Primary Election ballot, even though the Vermont U.S. senator is officially registered as an independent.

Oregon Secretary of State Jeanne P. Atkins made the announcement Friday after consulting with the Oregon Department of Justice in response to questions raised by reporters and others. One state elections law says candidates who want to appear on a party's ballot must be registered with that party at least 180 days before the filing deadline. But another law says the Secretary of State has sole discretion to decide who appears on which party's Presidential ballots in primary elections.

"Under Oregon law, a candidate for President can be listed on the primary ballot if the Secretary of State determines that the person's candidacy is 'generally advocated or is recognized in national news media,' or if the candidate obtains sufficient signatures on a nominating petition from voters throughout Oregon," the Secretary of State's Office said in a press reelase.

But that does not guarantee Sanders will appear on the Democratic ballot, however. The press release says Secretary of State Jeanne Atkins will not release her list of candidates for another four months.

"As in past presidential elections, Sec. Atkins will announce a preliminary list of candidates who meet the requirement of being generally advocated or recognized in the national media. The preliminary list will be announced Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2016," the press release says.

Sanders probably boosted his chances of making it on the ballot by attracting an estimated 28,000 supporters to the Moda Center on Aug. 9 for a well-publicized rally.



In other election news Friday, Chris Telfer, a former Republican state senator from Bend and Oregon Lottery Commissioner, announced she would run for State Treasurer as a member of the Independent Party of Oregon in 2016. Telfer switched her registration to the Independent Party after it was recently designated a major party by the Oregon Secretary of State after registering over 5 percent of all voters in the state.

"We are thrilled to have someone as well-respected and highly qualified as Chris Telfer as our first announced candidate," said party secretary, Sal Peralta. "She has a strong record in public service. With her experience as a successful small business owner, a cpa, state lottery commissioner, Bend city councilor and state senator, she is certainly the most qualified of the announced candidates for state treasurer. We look forward to supporting her efforts throughout the campaign."

Sanders is registered as an independent, not an Independent Party member.