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Three Nevada initiatives drop 2010 ballot efforts

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June 11, 2010

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CARSON CITY, Nevada: Five days prior to the petition drive deadline, sponsors of three initiatives announced they are no longer aiming to qualify for the November 2, 2010 statewide ballot. All initiative sponsors said they did not have sufficient signatures.

The proposed Personhood Amendment proposes recognizing the personhood of the unborn from the earliest stages of life. The measure is currently pending in the Nevada Supreme Court following an appeal by initiative sponsors. As of June 10, the state Supreme Court had not ruled on Personhood Nevada's appeal, preventing the group from circulating it's petition. Instead, supporters announced they would aim for the 2012 ballot.[1]

Like the personhood amendment, proponents of two secret ballot measures - Secret Ballot Amendment and Public Office and Issues Secret Ballot Amendment - announced they planned to abort their 2010 ballot efforts. Instead supporters plan to refile the measures as indirect initiated state statute. The measures were originally proposed as initiated constitutional amendment. Under the new method, supporters will need to collect 97,002 valid signatures to send it to the legislature. If the legislature fails to act on the measure it will be placed on the 2012 ballot.[2]

Instead of four measures attempting to qualify for the 2010 ballot on June 15 petition drive deadline only the Nevada Mining Tax Measure will need to file signatures. In order to qualify the measure for the November 2010 ballot supporters are required to collect a minimum of 97,002 valid signatures by June 15, 2010. County clerks must then verify and submit the signatures to the secretary of state by no later than August 4, 2010.[3]

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