PFAS claims that the Secretary of State is unfairly refusing to count any of the signatures presented to Tulare or Mono counties in support of a referendum to overturn the bathroom law.
The California Constitution provides voters with the right to vote to overturn a new law if the opponents of the law present 504,760 signatures of California registered voters on or before the 90th day following approval of the legislation by the Governor. AB 1266 was signed by Governor Jerry Brown on August 12, 2013. An appropriate number of signatures were required to be delivered by Sunday November 10, 2013. Signatures to qualify a referendum are not presented in a central place, but rather must be presented to each of the 58 counties based on the residence of the signer.
While some counties made arrangements to accept signatures on the 90th day, a Sunday, others closed their offices early and refused delivery even before the 90th day.
An overnight courier service attempted to deliver the signatures gathered in Tulare County to the Tulare County Registrar of Voters on the afternoon of the 88th day, Friday, November 8th. But the Registrar's office closed early on this Friday before a three day weekend. The courier then attempted to deliver the package of signatures to a worker in the County mail room, but was told to bring the package back for delivery on the following Tuesday, two days after the deadline.
In Mono County, the overnight delivery service placed the package in the mail slot at the County office on the 89th day, but County personnel did not return to their office and process the signatures until after the deadline.
In both Tulare and Mono, the Secretary of State is refusing to count any of the signatures from the citizens of those counties.
Gina Gleason, proponent of the referendum, expressed her confidence that the court would direct the Secretary of State to count the valid signatures from these counties. "The Secretary of State has made clear her bias against this referendum in the multiple obstacles presented to PFAS over the last several months. It is a shame that we have to ask the court to direct her to respect the thousands of registered voters in these two counties that signed petitions to qualify this referendum. But we believe that the court will ask her to count these signatures, " said Gleason.
PFAS submitted nearly 115,000 more signatures than required. The group believes that it has presented more than enough valid signatures if these are properly counted.
For more information about the referendum to overturn California's co-ed bathroom law, visit the PFAS web page at www.privacyforallstudents.com