Today is the deadline for submitting ballot question petitions. Those petitioners must submit their collected signatures by 5 p.m. central time.
Currently, 12 petitions are out for circulation. Sponsors are hoping to place their question on the November 2018 ballot.
Secretary of State Shantel Krebs says her office will check a random sample of signatures
“We’re checking each signer that has signed on that petition to see if they are a registered voter in the county that they say they are registered in," Krebs says. "If it doesn’t match up and they aren’t registered in that county, then that would be an invalid signature.
"We’re looking at other things in the petition too, the petition in its completeness and its entirety, the exactness with the title and explanation, the circulator, the address, the notary, the dates on it. There’s quite a checklist that we’re reviewing with each petition page that comes into our office,” Krebs continued.
Krebs says it took her office four months to pour over the 11 petitions submitted for the 2016 ballot.
So far, signatures for one ballot question have reached Kreb’s office. Supporters of the Anti-Corruption Amendment, a question similar to Initiated Measure 22, submitted their collected signatures last month.