Petition for county charter falls short of required signaturesWritten by Morgan Delp | | firstname.lastname@example.org
“Better Lucas County” has until Aug. 28 to obtain 5,719 more
In a special meeting on July 9, the Lucas County Board of Elections announced that as of July 9, the initiative to change Lucas County’s governmental structure to a county charter did not produce enough valid signatures in its petition drive to appear on the Nov. 6 ballot.
The group of five co-leaders who have been promoting the “Better Lucas County” initiative submitted 8,764 valid signatures and 13,685 invalid signatures to the Board on June 29.
Even though there were not enough valid signatures to certify the movement to the Lucas County Board of Commissioners, the Board of Elections said the petition itself was deemed valid, and therefore, the group will have until August 28, 70 days prior to the Nov. 6 election, to collect the remaining 5,719 valid signatures necessary to place the issue on the ballot.
A total of 14,483 valid signatures is required to place the proposal on the ballot. This number represents 10% of the total number of Lucas County citizens that voted in the governor’s race of 2010, said Daniel DeAngelis, deputy director of the Board of Elections.