SOURCE: California Draft Gore

August 22, 2007 16:57 ET

Volunteers Surge as California Draft Gore Ignites Ballot Initiative Effort

SACRAMENTO, CA--(Marketwire - August 22, 2007) - Upon announcing their intentions of putting Al Gore on the California ballot for the state's primary election, California Draft Gore has seen a surge of Gore volunteers and positive support for the statewide initiative which joins a national effort to place Gore on the ballot.

Since the organizers of California Draft Gore announced a grassroots statewide campaign earlier this month they have added a slew of volunteers and contributions to their efforts. The statewide organization is coordinating hundreds of Gore volunteers who will be participating in the signature gathering process.

"It's been an overwhelming but exhilarating experience to see the enthusiasm for Al. People who normally don't volunteer for stuff are eager to help," said Chris Vallone, Northern California campaign coordinator. "In just the last weekend we have had at least 180 volunteers sign up, but many volunteers are still needed in every district, city, county and region. Everyone who supports Gore has a place in this campaign."

The California Election Code requires that in order for a candidate's name to be placed on the presidential primary ballot, a minimum of 500 signatures of registered Democrats must be obtained from each of the state's 53 congressional districts. California Draft Gore has regional coordinators and sub-regional coordinators managing signature collection in each of the four regions of California. Each district within the four regions has a district leader recruiting and training as many volunteers as possible to begin collecting signatures on October 8.

"I view a donation to Al Gore's candidacy as a gift to my grandchild!" said volunteer Bonnie Price of La Mesa, California.

San Francisco volunteer Chenoa Akey added, "What happened in 2000 was a travesty, the ramifications of which are being felt globally to this day."

Signature collection begins on October 8 and must be completed by December 4, 2007. Dwight D. Eisenhower was the last president elected due to a draft effort. For more information on the campaign or to contribute to California Draft Gore's campaign, visit www.california4gore.org.

About California Draft Gore:

California Draft Gore is a grassroots organization. The organization and its website is not affiliated with or authorized by Al Gore, any candidate or candidate's committee.