A man identifying himself as “Epstein Didn’t Kill Himself” was turned away as he attempted to register to run for President of the United States, according to Law and Crime.
Rod Webber, who says he doesn’t identify with any political party, arrived to register in New Hampshire, but was turned away by Democratic New Hampshire Secretary of State Bill Gardner, who told the man to come back.
Law and Crime quoted the exchange as follows: “Come back with what?” Webber insisted as cameras clicked and whirred in the small room–observers grousing and chatting away. “I’ve come with the requisite money; I’m over 35; I’ve lived in the United States my entire life. I can use a nickname.”’
The website notes that “New Hampshire law allows nicknames on the ballot, but doesn’t allow use of a nickname that “that constitutes a slogan or otherwise associates the candidate with a cause or issue.”’
The man says he was also denied from registering in 2015, when he tried to register as “Flowerman.”
Gardner’s office hadn’t clarified why Webber was turned away, but Law and Crime quotes the law as follows:
“Every candidate for state or federal office who intends to have his or her name printed upon the ballot of any party for a primary shall designate in the declaration of candidacy, or on the primary petitions and assents to candidacy, the form in which the candidate’s name shall be printed on the ballot. The designated name may include the candidate’s given name or a shortened form of the candidate’s given name or a one-word nickname customarily related to the candidate, and by which the candidate is commonly recognized. The designated name may also include an initial for the first or middle name, or both. No candidate may designate a nickname that implies that the candidate is some other person, that constitutes a slogan or otherwise associates the candidate with a cause or issue, that has an offensive or profane meaning, or that creates a perception of a professional or vocational affiliation, such as “Doc” or “Coach.” No candidate may designate a name or nickname that includes characters other than the 26-letter English alphabet, a dash, an apostrophe, a period, or a comma. A candidate shall include his or her surname in the designation of the form in which the candidate’s