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12-04-2012, 10:08 AM
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CGG
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Originally Posted by TheLegend View Post
It's not like an election where they tally the results as they go.

They will collect what they feel are enough valid signatures to qualify the referendum for a public vote and turn them all into the city clerk's office before the 30-day period (from when the ordinance was passed and city clerk recorded the documents) ends.

The signature petitions must be turned by that deadline, or the city clerk will not accept them.

If they are turned in, and accepted by the clerk, then the process of verifying signatures begins. Generally only a random sample of petitions will be checked for valid signatures. If that sample produces a high enough percentage of valid signatures relative to the total number of signatures collected, then the clerk can declare the petition valid and the ordinance would go before a public vote.

However...... any PAC that is registered with the city may request that every signature be validated until enough of them are confirmed valid to meet the requirement. In some cases it could take weeks to do that.
If the latest referendum is any indication, you forgot the one important step where the brash city lawyer instructs the city clerk to automatically reject any petition for a referendum out of spite, then throws a bunch of crap against the wall hoping something will stick, in an effort to justify the rejection.

Following that step, of course, is that the city gets dragged into court and the judge rejects the city's rejection of the referendum petition, scolding the city for trying to obfuscate democratic process with ridiculous arguments as to why the petition should be declared invalid. Then the referendum proceeds.

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