ROV Statistics Confirm Full Count of Signatures Will Produce Qualification
Validity Rate of Sample Results in 107,000 Signatures – 10,000 More Than Needed
A random sample of signatures submitted to place the Competition and Transparency in City Contracting initiative on the ballot achieved a 79% validity rate, according to information released today by the County Registrar of Voters. Based on the sample validity rate of 79%, proponents of the measure project that more than 107,000 of the signatures they submitted are valid. This exceeds the 96,834 signatures needed to place the initiative on the ballot.
Unfortunately, the calculation used by the Registrar of Voters uses a skewed methodology that is intended for a statewide petition, not just the City of San Diego. The application of this methodology to a citywide initiative makes it appear that the validity rate of submitted signatures falls below the necessary threshold. Specifically, the ROV sample identified 30 duplicate signatures and then penalized the total count of signatures by more than 30,000 – based on the state methodology available for handling duplicates.
In light of this, the campaign sponsoring the Competition & Transparency in City Contracting Initiative will exercise its right to trigger a full hand count of the signatures submitted. Based on the initial signature count and the statistical validity rate, the campaign is confident a full count of all signatures will confirm that our initiative meets the required threshold.
“Based on the rates from the random sample phase, we will qualify this ballot measure on a full count – and San Diegans will have a chance to vote on reforming their city government.” said Councilmember Carl DeMaio. For more information on the San Diego “Competition and Transparency in City Contracting” Ballot Measure, visit www.ReformSanDiego.com.