“There’s plenty of time to challenge the certification,” Turner noted in response to Miller’s decision. “We’re probably going to end up in court.”
Nevada Secretary of State Ross Miller has certified that proponents of a Michael Bloomberg-backed 2016 ballot measure on “background checks” have submitted the required number of signatures The Washington Times reported Monday. The assessment comes after a grassroots group opposing the initiative, Nevadans for State Gun Rights, submitted evidence of numerous irregularities and rules violations.
Miller’s December 8 notice of sufficiency to Nevada County Clerks and Registrars of Voters noted receipt of their certificates of results. Based on a tally of “valid signatures” in the state’s four petition districts, he declared “the background check initiative petition sufficient.”
A November 25 letter to Miller signed by Nevadans for State Gun Rights President Don Turner contained three requests for invalidation. The first noted petitions delivered after the required submission date. The second pointed out the lack of required affidavits for each page of signatures submitted, and that it specified the wrong county. The third showed an example of an affidavit signed and dated before all the signatures appearing on it had been obtained.