Rep. Erik Fresen almost missed qualifying due to paperwork snafu

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Republican State Rep. Erik Fresen almost missed qualifying for the 2012 ballot due to an omission in his paperwork.

Fresen attempted to qualify on Wednesday, June 6, but submitted this financial disclosure form…

Notice in the ASSETS section, Fresen left blank the aggregate value of his household goods? It may seem ticky-tack, but leaving that section blank means the qualifying paperwork was incomplete.

Keep in mind, in 2010 the Division of Elections did not let qualify a candidate because his check was one penny short of the required amount. This year, congressional candidate Nina Hayden failed to qualify because the signature of the notary who helped her complete her qualifying documents was missing from her paperwork.

Fortunately for Fresen, the Division of Elections contacted him in time for him to overnight a second round of paperwork AND a new check to cover his filing fees, which were received just hours before qualifying ended at noon last Friday.

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