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State of Jefferson Fails to Make November Ballot

It looks as though there will be no ‘State of Jefferson’ initiative on the ballot this year. The Nevada County Elections office says the effort failed to collect enough signatures. Organizer Eddie Garcia and his group submitted petitions in January that contained 5,270 signatures, but only 3,733 of them were valid…

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The petitions were submitted just in time to try to get the measure on the ballot in June, but Assistant Clerk-Recorder Sandra Sjoberg says a random check of signatures failed to have enough that were valid…

Listen to Sandra Sjoberg

There were many reasons for the invalid signatures–some were from people who signed more than once, some were not Nevada County residents, and many were not registered voters. The only way the issue can get on the November ballot now, is if Garcia’s group starts the whole process all over again. Garcia says that’s not likely at this point…

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The Jefferson committee will meet on Friday to decide their next move. If successful, approval of the measure would mean Nevada County’s support for a separate state that would break away from California.

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