Editor’s note: This is going to be interesting. Aside from qualifying a MJ initiative (marijuana, not Michael Jackson or Michael Jordan) for the ballot, the MJ contingent is siding with the hard-right contingent: http://barrypruett.blogspot.com/2013/12/pot-supporters-v-gregory-diaz-what-is.html
Will this fodder be used against our incumbent clerk-recorder in next year’s political race? Of course.
The alliances forged around here in the name of “peace and justice” can make your head spin. Just keep your head down and “follow the money.” It’s never as altruistic as it seems.
Today, Dec 30, representatives for Americans for Safe Access delivered to the County Elections office, petitions containing 10,729 verified signatures- more than enough to qualify for a Special Election sometime next year. The standard to qualify is 9,133, but our County used “new math” to raise that number to 9,960. Thanks to all of you, we met and surpassed their threshold by almost 1,000 signatures.
Now that we have submitted more than enough signatures, we plan to contest the County’s methodology to qualify an initiative for a general or special election. The CA Election Code clearly states that the number of signatures needed to qualify an initiative for a General Election shall be based on 10% of the votes cast for the office of Governor in the last election (20% for a Special Election). Nevada County also counts “under votes” – people who chose to not vote for the office of Governor, which in this case meant we had to gather 790 additional signatures. Our hope is to spare anyone who undertakes an initiative in the future from having to meet the County’s inflated standard.