List of ballot measure lawsuits in 2009

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  • Binding arbitration in Vallejo, California. Byrne Conley, Jim Libien and J.D. Miller asked a Solano Superior Court judge to put their measure on the ballot. They argue that election officials wrongly disqualified thousands of their petition signatures on pretextual reasons. They also argue in their filing that election officials misled them about the number of signatures they would be required to collect.[1]
  • Carson Citizens for Reform v Helen Kawagoe. This appellate decision was about the validity of signatures on a recall petition. The court held that "under the plain language of sections 103 and 11303, a request to withdraw a signature from a recall petition is effective, without regard to whether the voter signs the petition before or after signing the request, as long as the request is filed with the appropriate election official prior to the filing of the petition. We further hold that a voter's request to withdraw his or her signature from a recall petition is not a "petition or paper" that requires the signature of a circulator under section 104. Therefore, the withdrawal requests at issue in this case were valid, and the city clerk's initial certification of the recall petition as insufficient was correct. The recall proponents should not have been found to be successful parties. We reverse the judgment and the order awarding attorney fees as to both the county registrar and the city clerk." The case revolved around the James L. Dear recall, City of Carson, California, 2007.[2]


  • Vagneur v. City of Aspen. Les Holst, Clifford Weiss, and Terry Paulson said that two initiative petitions proposed in 2007 about open space and the highway entrance to the City of Aspen were invalid because they were about administrative matters, and not legislative matters. According to the city's charter, initiative petitions can only be about legislative matters. Holst, Weiss and Paulson also said that the proposed petitions violated the single-subject rule and that the ballot titles were misleading. A hearing officer upheld the views of Holst, Weiss and Paulson. In 2009, Division III of the Colorado Court of Appeals agreed that the initiative petitions were not proper.




  • 'Coerced' campaign worker files complaint for pay. Barry Johnson of Chicago said he was forced to collect signatures for Clerk of the Cook County Circuit Court Dorothy Brown as part of his Earnfare job. Johnson said that Brown's campaign field manager, Hasan Muhammad, promised him a dollar a signature to collect signatures for Brown.











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