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General Political Action Meeting
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Privacy for All Students
The Battle Continues
I continue to hear from so many of you asking where we are in the fight to overturn AB 1266 by referendum. Some of you believe the battle is over because nothing seems to be happening. Of course that is not the case.
But things move slowly through the courts.
Let me recap where we have been:
AB 1266 was signed by Governor Brown last August and was scheduled to take effect on January 1 of this year. That new law would allow students in California K-12 public schools to use the bathroom, locker room and showers that align with their gender identity rather than gender reality. Boys in the girls bathroom permitted by law.
But Privacy For All Students gathered more than 620,000 signatures in the 90 days following the Governor's signing of the bill. About 505,000 signatures are required to qualify a referendum that would appear on the November 2014 ballot.
When the 58 counties concluded their tally of valid signatures months later in February, they claimed that approximately 131,000 of these signatures were invalid.
That number left PFAS short of the number needed to qualify the referendum by 17,276.
We have come to find out that traditionally that would be the end of the road. Apparently those who seek to qualify a referendum or an initiative rarely challenge the results that come from the secretive and highly discretionary process of declaring valid or invalid the signatures to qualify a voter initiated item on the ballot.
We knew right away that one in five signatures should not have been tossed out. Our examination (permitted by law) of the rejected signatures immediately showed that many had been rejected for questionable reasons and some of those thrown out were clearly valid.
So all we needed to do was point out the mistakes to the County officials or the Secretary of State and we could move this referendum onto the ballot.
Not so fast.
County officials have not been very cooperative in our efforts to challenge their count. And the Secretary of State has been downright hostile. We were told that even the evidence we found in the counties could not be taken away. No copies. No evidence that could be put in front of a court.
For a second time we brought suit against the California Secretary of State.
In response to our subpoenas, County elections officials have refused to provide the AB 1266 petitions so that we can provide a recount and submit evidence to the court. Ironically, these officials claim that they want to protect the privacy of the signers.
Additionally, the Secretary of State claimed that she should not be alone in front of the court. The judge seemed to agree and the suit has been amended to name 57 of the 58 counties.
But even our opponents realize how difficult it will be to solve this matter with around 60 attorneys in the courtroom. This week, one county responded on behalf of the others.
The response is as expected. They are sticking by the 131,000 signatures thrown out and want to walk the matter slowly through the courts.
It seems obvious that our opponents believe we will either give up or that they will at least achieve a victory if they can delay the matter until it needs to appear on a future ballot.
As we have said from the beginning, we are prepared to litigate this matter as long as is necessary so that every legitimate signature is counted.
That is the long answer. The quick update is that we are in court and we are not backing down.
The idea of forcing boys and girls to share bathrooms is spreading across the country. With your help, we will continue to fight for privacy for all.
Karen England, Privacy for All Students