Group submits signatures for Ore. ballot

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PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- Americans Elect, a group angling to put a bipartisan presidential ticket before voters, has submitted what may be enough signatures to qualify for the Oregon ballot in November.

The Oregonian reports (http://is.gd/VSoLLW ) that organizers for the group said they turned in nearly 37,000 signatures on Monday to the secretary of state's office, well over the 21,804 valid signatures needed.

Andrea Cantu-Schomus, a spokeswoman for Oregon Secretary of State Kate Brown, says elections officials expect to finish their signature verification work in early April.

The group says it has qualified for the fall ballot in 18 states and has efforts under way in many more.

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Information from: The Oregonian, http://www.oregonlive.com