Its surprising how much you can accomplish if you don't care who gets the credit
Now that it appears that we have the upper hand, there is a lot of talk about quitting, on the assumption that our job is done. However, the reality of the situation is that this thing will end up being challenged in court. Remember, a mere few days ago the court ruled against us when it was obvious we were on the right side of the law. What this means very simply is that if it is close, we will lose. If this initiative goes to the voters it will probably pass. It will not pass on its merits. It will pass as the result of a two million dollar campaign of misinformation that our side will not be able to oppose because we can not raise that kind of money.In addition, there are a lot of media people, like kooky Laurie Roberts, on the other side. Therefore, our only hope is to present such overwhelming evidence in court that even the activist, liberal judges will have no choice but to rule in our favor. With that in mind, please read what Jennifer wrote on the matter.
While the Arizona Secretary of State Ken Bennett issued a letter yesterday indicating that the Open Government Committee failed to obtain the required number of signatures to put the Open Government/Open Elections Act onto the November ballot, it is widely reported that the group intends to sue the Secretary of State and demand that it be certified for the ballot.
This means two things for the Verify the Vote, Arizona volunteers:
1. Our work is not done. No one, except for volunteers from Verify the Vote, Arizona, is individually verifying each petition signature. Our work just may be needed as evidence when this does go to trial.
2. Our deadline is extended! Because our work will likely be used to be evidence in the trial court in the suit that the Open Government Committee has reported they will file, we have more time to complete our task.
In my estimation, we have one more entire week to do our important work before this is likely to actually go to trial - putting our new deadline as Friday, August 31st.
Our work is critical to making sure that intiatives are brought to the the ballot honestly and legally. Amending Arizona's Constitution is serious business - and special interest groups with millions of dollars shouldn't be able to "buy" their way onto the ballot through fraudulent activities. That is why our work is of utmost importance.
Good news, we have over 1,200 volunteers from more than 36 states! We can do this, but we need everyone putting in as much time as possible to complete this project in the next seven days. And the more people the better. Please forward this email to encourage your friends to
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Verify the Vote, Arizona
Checking these petition forms is tedious work. But it is well worth doing as I find a mean frequency of approximately 55% dubious signatures, ranging from clearly not matching printed and signature entries - through suspiciously illegible signature entries - to inconsistent spellings.
When I consider the malice motivating this "top two" sabotage of the primary process, I become very critical of the "signatures". So I may choose "can't tell" more frequently than I would if I was checking a petition I favor. But I take diligent and concentrated effort not to do so, which makes the process more time consuming.
One would think that most people who would bother to sign a petition regardless of its cause would at least take care to print a legible name and make a reasonable attempt to make their signature look like the name they provided - I certainly do with my own legal signatures. But several of the printed names on every form I've examined so far have several ambiguous letters in both first and last printed names, such as r,v and s,/m,n,r and u as well as a,o,e and u.
Some printing is so poor that it appears to be made by very young children or by very arthritic or palsied people. Having circulated my own petitions, I am dismayed at the poor quality of these entries.
I mention this to encourage others to check these forms as it appears that well over 110,000 of these signatures are bogus.