We’re Exploring Legal Action Against You, Mr. Secretary
- On Thursday, August 20th @ 10:05 am we filed 399 signatures with your office, along with the completed Elector form
- On Friday, August 28th I emailed Ms. McDaniel for the 2nd time asking for an update (she did reply the 1st time)
- On Tuesday, September 1st I called Ms McDaniel @ 807am
- She indicated to me that the Electors were not an issue
- She did tell me that the list of Candidates on the page https://sos-tn-gov-files.tnsosfiles.com/2020%20Presidential%20Candidates.pdf was final and that we therefore did not make the Presidential ballot
- I asked if there would an official notice of insufficiency in writing provided, she implied not necessarily, and volunteered to email me the number of actual signatures of ours which were approved
- At 9 am on Tuesday I emailed her to follow up for that signature information
- At 907 am on Tuesday I emailed the Blankenship campaign to trade notes, seeing as how I found it very strange that the Constitution Party candidate wouldn’t have been able to collect 275 valid signatures in Tennessee (he had been listed on the “Pending” list but not on the “final” list)
- At 1044 am on Tuesday I received an email from the Blankenship campaign that they had been told that their signatures were still being counted
- At 1121 am on Tuesday I emailed you directly asking for clarification
- On Wednesday @ 807 am I received the forwarded email from Ms McDaniel
- She informed us that only 204 of our signatures had been approved
- She also wrote: “All petitions have been reviewed and the list on our website is accurate.” THIS STATEMENT IS PATENTLY FALSE.
- My chrome browsing history indicates that I indeed accessed https://sos-tn-gov-files.tnsosfiles.com/2020%20Presidential%20Candidates.pdf one last time on Wednesday and still didn’t see Mr. Blankenship on the “final” version of the list
- I emailed the Blankenship campaign on Wednesday @ 816 am to give them a heads-up that they (apparently) hadn’t made the final list either
- On Thursday @ 537 pm I received an email from the Blankenship campaign that they had been “Certified in Tennessee.”
- On Thursday @ 627 pm I received a text back from the Blankenship campaign confirming that they had indeed only been informed that afternoon (so either you’re waiting multiple business days to inform Presidential campaigns [after weeks of waiting] that they’ve made the State’s Presidential ballot, or I’ve been lied to)
- Mister Secretary, I don’t know what to believe at this point and Mr. Bodenstab and I feel at this time our only chance of getting reliable information from your Department is to take you to court. A signature rejection rate of 49% is remarkably high (keep in mind my own tally of 399 doesn’t include crossouts and a single P.O. Box voter), and for all I know Ms McDaniel, mistakenly believing that she was looking at final numbers from the counties, gave me a far-from-complete tally (I assume that, since we submitted our signatures with less than two hours to spare, we were [are?] at the back of the line for signature verification).
I’m on https://www.tnmd.uscourts.gov/ as I type this, and rest assured I’ll be mentioning in the press release being sent out to our nationwide 1,000-journalist media list this morning that we’re looking for a few good lawyers. See you in court.
Candidate for President of the United States
Sep 4, 2020, 6:41 PM
to Beth, me, ebodenstab, Tre
We are reviewing your petition for a third time. I have an attorney in the office looking at your petition again. She has spent most of the day carefully reviewing your petition. I will let you know Tuesday if your status changes.
I hope you have a great weekend.
Coordinator of Elections
Division of Elections
Office of Tennessee Secretary of State Tre Hargett
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From: Bill Hammons
Date: September 4, 2020 at 10:28:32 AM CDT
To: Tre Hargett, Eric Bodenstab
Subject: [EXTERNAL] We’re Exploring Legal Action Against You, Mr. Secretary
Sep 9, 2020, 9:53 AM
to Mark, ebodenstab, Tre, Beth
Well, what’s the latest? Could you provide more details?
Sep 10, 2020, 11:01 AM
to Britney, me, ebodenstab, Tre, Beth
Your petition has been thoroughly examined again and you did not meet the requirement to be placed on the ballot in Tennessee. I assure you election officials have spent hours carefully reviewing your petition. Since you have threatened litigation any further communication regarding your petition should be addressed to the Attorney General’s office.