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.