Idaho veto referendums set in stone for public vote

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June 14, 2011


By Al Ortiz

BOISE, Idaho: After two months of circulating petitions, filing signatures, and waiting for state officials to verify those signatures, the three education reform veto referendums efforts have obtain ballot access for their statewide questions. On June 13, 2012, the Idaho Secretary of State's office issued official certificates placing the referendums on the November 6, 2012 general election ballot.[1]

Voters will now have a chance to have their say on the controversial education reform measures, which were passed during 2011 state legislative session, that opponents say cuts too much out of education, including collective bargaining for teachers.

In order for a proposed veto referendum to be placed on the 2012 statewide ballot for Idaho voters to decide, at least 47,432 signatures for each targeted bill must have been collected within 60 days after lawmakers leave for the session. On April 7, 2011, the Idaho Legislature concluded their 2011 state legislative session, meaning any referendum effort hoping to obtain ballot access had until June 1, 2011 to submit the required amount of signatures to county clerks' offices.

As of the June 1 deadline arrived, in the middle of that day, it was reported that each of the three referendums had enough valid signatures to make the ballot, although those numbers were unofficial. Once the clerks verified enough signatures, the verified signatures were then returned to the supporters. Organizers then had until June 6, 2011 to submit them to the Idaho Secretary of State.

The official count of collected signatures for each targeted law is as follows:

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