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The Oregon Secretary of State has until Aug. 30 to verify 23,744 of the 48,214 signatures she turned in.

DIRK VANDERHART/OPB - Gubernatorial candidate Betsy Johnson signs a petition to put her name on the November ballot on June 14, 2022. Johnson says she has now submitted enough signatures to qualify.
Betsy Johnson took a long-expected step Tuesday in her quest to be Oregon's first nonaffiliated governor, submitting 48,214 signatures to state elections officials.

With the move, Johnson well overshot the 23,744 valid signatures she'll need to qualify for the November ballot without a party endorsement. The former Democratic state senator has been circulating petitions in support of her candidacy for months, using a mix of campaign events and paid signature gathering.

In brief remarks in front of the Secretary of State's Office in Salem, Johnson said it was a "historic day" and thanked several people who'd helped collect signatures for the effort.

"Why did they do this?" she asked. "They love Oregon. They want a better Oregon, free from partisan paralysis."

Johnson left without taking questions from gathered press.

State elections officials now have until Aug. 30 to determine whether Johnson has collected enough valid signatures. They'll do so by sampling petition sheets at random and using statistical analysis to find out if she has met the threshold.

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