How Petitions with Thousands of Signatures Get Qualified

MASON CITY, Iowa – A petition with over 1,000 signatures on it has been submitted to the Mason City School Board’s secretary.

The petition will force a vote regarding the board’s decision to implement an instructional support levy, which would bring the district $1.7 million a year for 5 years.

But how does a petition with so many signatures get verified? Well as it turns out, it’s a simple process.

“Generally the rules don’t give a great deal of discretion or authority to people in those positions to certify that in fact there’s a human being that belongs with that signature,” says Cerro Gordo County Auditor, Ken Kline.

With this particular petition, since it over half of the signatures needed, it will likely get qualified.

“If somebody gets twice the number of signatures on a petition it’s just unlikely that somebody is going to put all the work and effort into trying to disqualify half of those signatures if somebody gets a few more than it’s highly likely that somebody else will try to disqualify,” adds Kline.

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