Last updated on 2012.08.09
I learn from David Lias that Secretary of State Jason Gant showed up for work today and validated the petitions submitted two weeks ago to refer House Bill 1234 to a public vote. Congratulations to Secretary Gant on the first thing he's done right in weeks.
We needed 15,855 signatures to put Governor Dennis Daugaard's really bad education policy to a public vote. A random 5% sample of the 30,096 signatures submitted finds 25,777 valid signatures with complete petition information. That 14.35% invalidation rate is the lowest of the three ballot measures filed by the public for the 2012 ballot. Good work, teachers! We've proven we can get signatures; now let's prove we can wage an effective get-out-the-vote campaign against a big corporate anti-public school, anti-labor campaign machine that's already push-polling this issue.
Governor Daugaard's school-wrecking proposal now changes name: House Bill 1234 becomes Referred Law 16, as in...
- Not-So-Sweet 16!
- Unclean 16!
- Don't Be Mean: Kill 16!
- Nix 16!
Of course, simple may be best:
Start making buttons (I release the above image to the public domain) and spreading the word!