October 14, 2011
By Adam Bink
From the Stop SB 48 campaign:
The first number is the number of signatures received by Stop SB48. The second number is the number of signatures needed to qualify the referendum.
Some will find encouragement in those numbers-we came close.
Others will be discouraged-with just a little more effort…
We did come close.But we should put that in perspective. Realize that some amount of signatures will always be thrown out because of errors. Ultimately we needed many more than the 504,760 to qualify the referendum. We simply ran out of time before we could get to that number.
While we did not qualify the referendum, our efforts did not go unnoticed. We gained more than 497,000 signatures without the use of paid signature gatherers. That is unprecedented. And we did this on a small fraction of the budget traditionally required to gather that many signatures.
In emails and phone calls over the last 24 hours, two questions have dominated. The first question is answered by the numbers above. The second question is “where do we go from here?”
While the referendum was the best way to stop SB48 in its tracks, there are other ways for the citizens of California to respond to bad laws. We are discussing our next move and will keep you informed as decisions are made.
We lost this most recent battle. But with your help we will fight on.
If they’re telling the truth (and you never know in these kinds of fights) the decline-to-sign effort that many of you volunteered for/donated to may have made all the difference. I’m serious. They still would have had to collect above any beyond that number because of tens of thousands of signatures that would have been disqualified, but we helped cut it close.
Chip in to prepare for round 2, because it looks like it’s coming.