Colorado personhood supporters file signatures, threaten lawsuit

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March 19, 2010

DENVER, Colorado: Yesterday, Colorado Personhood Amendment supporters filed approximately 46,671 additional signatures, in an effort to qualify the measure for the November 2, 2010 statewide ballot. Earlier this month the Colorado Secretary of State announced that supporters had fallen short of the minimum required 76,047 signatures. A total of 60,357 signatures were validated after the first signature submission. According to reports, the secretary of state has 10 days to verify the second signature submission.[1]

Personhood supporters, however, are crying foul on the first signature submission results and announced they may be filing a lawsuit, specifically against a state petition requirement adopted in 2009. The pending lawsuit would challenge the requirement that petition circulators have to provide an acceptable form of identification to notary publics. This requirement, according to supporters, is what led to signatures being marked invalid after the first signature submission.[2] According to reports, in the notary section of the affidavit - "Evidence used to establish ID" - many notaries wrote, "I've known the circulator for 30 years." According to Gualberto Garcia Jones, initiative co-sponsor, the need for a form of identification, such as a driver's license, was never made clear to circulators. The secretary of state's office argues that the petition circulator training guides have been available since July 2009. The guide states: "To complete the affidavit, provide your printed name and residential street address. Additionally, you must present an acceptable form of identification to the notary public."[3]

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