Yesterday morning Flap wrote about the two initiatives circulating to change the California Presidential Electoral College vote distribution for the 2008 election cycle.
Flap was initially confused because of the two circulating initiatives.
The first one was filed by Tony Andrade of Electoral Reform California:
The second initiative was filed by Thomas Hiltachk who has subsequently withdrawn from the campaign:
Flap had the pleasure to talk to Tony Andrade yesterday evening. Here is the poop:
1. The two initiative campaigns have joined around the Hiltachek initiative forming California Counts. The California Counts web site is here.
2. Although the deadline for filing of the Hiltachek initiative singatures (to qualify for the ballot) is February 2008, the deadline for the California Secretary of State to place the initiative on the June 2008 state ballot is either November 13 or may be extended by a couple of weeks – meaning the end of November.
Also, yesterday afternoon, Jon Fleishman had this info:
- We have gathered a total of nearly 400,000 signatures (300,000 over the last two weeks). Our paid signature effort is proving enormously successful â€“ so much so that we were able to decrease the price we are paying circulators on the street â€“ an almost unprecedented situation for an initiative campaign working on deadline.
- We are getting thousands of signatures from the internet, thanks to a massive internet/email campaign from Congressman Darrell Issa.
- The California Republican Party and our CalCounts Committee have mailed petitions to a total of over 750,000 households statewide.
- Our volunteer signature efforts and $2 bounty program are starting to produce signatures and we expect some big returns from that program over the next couple of weeks.
- Polling continues to show that Californians support our Initiative. A new SurveyUSA poll shows that only 34% of voters want to keep the current winner-take-all system, while 47% support choosing delegates by congressional district. The more voters are informed about the initiative, the stronger they support it.
There you have it.
The initiative campaign is alive and well and the prospects of its passage in June 2008 are good.
Flap will have more on the initiative campaign and report as events occur.
In the meantime, Flap URGES everyone to go over to the California Counts site and download a petition (if you are a California voter) or give the campaign a few bucks (there is no limit).
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