Montana Secretary of State already tallying up signature count for initiatives

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June 18, 2010

By Al Ortiz

Montana: Today is the day that all initiative organizers in Montana have been working towards. The signature filing deadline has arrived, as all initiative sponsors hoping to place their proposals on the ballot have until 5 p.m. to turn in all their petition signatures collected to county courthouses across the state.

The Montana Secretary of State's office is hard at work also, as certified signatures are already being tallied for each initiative that has turned them in. The following is a rundown of the signatures that have so far been certified for each measure. The numbers are as of June 17, 2010, and have not been updated, according to the Secretary of State's office:

Initiative Number Signatures so far verified
CI-102 9,768
I-160 8,479
CI-103 992
I-161 9,757
I-162 None yet
CI-105 690
CI-104 None yet
CI-106 None yet
I-164 4,918
I-165 None yet

Signatures that have been certified were validated at county courthouses where those signatures were turned in. Those signatures are then sent constantly at the discretion of that county, via mail, to the Secretary of State's office, where the dates of signatures are checked. If dates of signatures are shown as being signed before the date the petition was approved for circulation, those signatures are scanned and sent back to the initiative organizers. Certified signatures are then typed into the website for public view.

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