Monday, November 11, 2013

No Taxes for Abortion Insurance petition drive update

On November 8, the Board of Canvassers held a meeting and at the meeting they established a deadline for groups to challenge the signatures gathered.  Pro-abortion groups will have until November 25 to challenge signatures.  At this point, no pro-abortion has indicated plans to challenge the petitions.

In a preliminary review of a sample from the 315,477 signatures turned in last month, the state said the group needs 82 percent of the signatures to be valid, Secretary of State Elections Director Chris Thomas told the state Board of Canvassers today. And since the group turned in more than 65,000 more signatures than required by law, the cushion is likely to hold up.

That review can’t be certified, however, until opponents of the legislative initiative have the opportunity to challenge the signatures. They will have until 5 p.m. Nov. 25 to challenge the petition.

After that deadline, the SOS has to certify that at least 258,088 of the signatures are valid. The petitions move to the state Board of Canvassers and then on to the state Legislature, which has 40 calendar days to approve or reject the petitions.