Local Registrars Prepare for Flood of Petitions

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Friday, April 8, 2005

Governor Schwarzenegger may have dropped a proposed ballot initiative to overhaul the state’s public employee pension system, but there are still many more out there.

 Steven Weir is Contra Costa County’s Registrar of Voters and the vice president of the California Association of Clerks and Elections Officials.  He says local registrars have a number of special election concerns.

“First getting slammed with just an enormous number of measures, and secondly having to pay for this ourselves.”

There are currently seventy initiatives circulating for signatures —within a few weeks petitions will be turned into local elections officials, to be counted and verified. 

Weir says the key for signature gatherers is to collect more than necessary to ensure they meet a random sample test— a faster procedure than having to check all the signatures and possibly miss a spot on a 2005 ballot.