Hometown Democracy likely won't make the ballot

01/17/08 Mitch E. Perry
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Earlier this week we reported on how a problem with the Secretary of State’s office has now put in jeopardy at least one potential constitutional amendment that Floridians were to vote on this November.

The Florida Secretary of State’s office learned late last week that some signatures had been counted twice, and therefore the proposal to ban same sex marriage still needs 22,000 more signatures to make it on the ballot.

The Florida Hometown Democracy Movement also needs more signatures – technically, the Secretary of State’s office says there was a discrepancy of some 7,000 signatures.

Organizers said they thought they more than 700,000, which theoretically would be plenty to make it over the required 611,000 goal. The authors of the amendment, Lesley Blackner and Ross Burnaham, now acknowledge they probably won’t make it on the ballot until 2010.

The problems in counting the signatures has infuriated supporters of the Hometown Democracy Amendment, like the Sierra Club’s John Hedrick. He wants an investigation into the Division of Elections Office.

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