The delay in certifying the signatures means that the petition won’t be certified in time to make it to the November 8th ballot.
It also means that Alameda City Council won’t likely need a rare August council meeting.
Proponents of the Alameda Renters Coalition strict rent control ballot measure, which has already qualified for the November ballot, will undoubtedly be pressing city council tomorrow night to go forward and approve that measure for the November 8th ballot, without waiting for the landlords to catch up.
Should the landlords petition ultimately be certified, it could be placed on the ballot in a special election, at extra expense, or potentially combined with a rent board election in March of next year, should the renters petition succeed at the ballot.
An Alameda County guide to ballot initiatives explains that ballot petitions with more than 500 signatures can be certified by a statistical sample of the signatures, including “500 or 3 percent of the signatures, whichever is greater.”
The guide continues, explaining, “If the sample shows that the number of valid signatures is fewer than 95 percent of the signatures needed to qualify the petition, then the petition is declared insufficient. If the sample shows that more than 110 percent of the signatures needed to qualify the petition are valid, then the petition is declared sufficient.
“However, if the sample shows that the number of valid signatures is within 95 percent to 110 percent of the number of signatures of qualified voters needed to declare the petition sufficient, the
Registrar shall examine and verify every signature filed.”
The confirmation that the registrar needs to perform a complete signature check suggests that the number of valid signatures in the sample falls within the 95 percent to 110 percent range.