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Six days ago, GMO Initiative organizers got word that the county had disqualified so many signatures (for being "illegible", not having the exact and complete registered address and for not being registered to vote) that they needed 3,745 more to qualify for the ballot.

Although organizers have 20 days to submit more signatures, they needed to get the required number in by today in order for the initiative to get on this November's ballot.

Today they turned in over 9,200 more signatures.  The photo below shows one of the five initiative organizers, Alika Atay, turning in the signatures.

Alika Atay submitting GMO Moratorium signatures in Maui County. Photo Credit Christine Andrews photo alikaataypresentingpetitions_zps5b19f0cc.jpg
Photo Credit: Christine Andrews
Given the 48% valid rate of the first batch, this should supply well over the number needed to boost valid signatures above the never-before-achieved bar to qualifying a citizen initiative in Maui County.

Maui County now has 10 days to validate the additional signatures.  If organizers meet the threshhold of valid signatures, the initiative goes to the County Council.

The Maui County Councilcan pass it into ordinance if they so choose.  The sound of laughter as you read that sentence is an indication of the almost complete bought-out status of the County Council.  That scenario seems very unlikely.

Next the initiative goes to the state to be placed on the November ballot.

Originally posted to Karen from Maui on Tue May 27, 2014 at 10:43 PM PDT.

Also republished by Community Rights Movement.

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  •  Congratulations (6+ / 0-)

    So, the initiative will be on the ballot for the national elections on the second Tuesday of November?

    Vai o tatu escamoso me encontrar onde estou escondendo? Lembro-me do caminho de ouro, uma pinga de mel, meu amado Parati

    by tarkangi on Tue May 27, 2014 at 11:19:46 PM PDT

  •  Mahalo for keeping us updated, Karen! (6+ / 0-)

    Ho'oponopono. To make things right; restore harmony; heal.

    by earicicle on Wed May 28, 2014 at 12:24:30 AM PDT

  •  CONGRATULATIONS! (5+ / 0-)

    Overjoyed to hear this over in Oregon. I will pass the word!

    We have it within our power to make the world over again ~ Thomas Paine

    by occupystephanie on Wed May 28, 2014 at 06:15:53 AM PDT

  •  So your grand total is around 20,000 (5+ / 0-)

    That is truly amazing.

    We were appalled at the 52% invalidation rate. Here in Benton County, we need only 2,171 and are told that the invalidation rate is around 25%. Your experience has not been lost on us and we intend to get as many as we can and plan on one month to collect signatures.

    Hope you guys got the encouraging message from Jackson County where they won their ballot measure by about 66%.

    Putting the question before the voters is the only way to go!

    Thanks for being a shining example of Democracy!

    We have it within our power to make the world over again ~ Thomas Paine

    by occupystephanie on Wed May 28, 2014 at 06:28:46 AM PDT

    •  along with a not friendly (2+ / 0-)

        city council, it's interesting to me the 25% invalidation rate in Oregon. So actually an around 50% invalidation rate is very understandable in Hawai'i because people don't trust gov because so much has been taken from them and the gov does not listen to the peoples voices. The cool thing is if (at 63, always cautious) this qualifies, it will be an inspiration to participate. That is ALSO very good.

      March AGAINST monsatanOHagentorange 3/25/13 a time warp

      by 3rock on Wed May 28, 2014 at 07:42:22 AM PDT

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      •  I would imagine that those 20,000 (0+ / 0-)

        will vote for it when it is on the ballot.

        With this much public support, I cannot imagine that the council would not okay it. Apparently, a couple council members have gotten money from Biotech.

        This last effort they used notary publics. I'm curious as to how that works. I am collecting signatures in my county and am going to have my signature on my pages notarized since I have had two ballots returned to me because my signature did not match the one on my voters card.

        We have it within our power to make the world over again ~ Thomas Paine

        by occupystephanie on Wed May 28, 2014 at 08:58:56 AM PDT

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        •  Our process requires notorized petitions (2+ / 0-)
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          occupystephanie, Turbonerd

          Each petition gatherer must actually witness each signature and then swear that they did so.

          The high rate of signatures (20% of voters) to get an initiative qualified has prevented any initiative so far from getting on the ballot.

          We'll see if this will be the first.

          •  Different likely from state to state (0+ / 0-)

            Gatherers here need to sign but do not need to swear or get notarized. I'm going to because I would hate for one of my pages to be thrown out.

            20% is really high. Not sure what it is here but we have just the 2,171 for the county ballot. They reckon it differently for the city, however, and then they need to get almost twice as many signatures.

            Very best of luck for a good outcome on their count!

            We have it within our power to make the world over again ~ Thomas Paine

            by occupystephanie on Wed May 28, 2014 at 11:59:01 AM PDT

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    •  50%+ invalid is normal for Hawai'i (2+ / 0-)
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      occupystephanie, Turbonerd

      In fact, the County Clerk said that our VALID signatures ran about 2% higher than the average for initiatives.

      We have a real problem with people not being registered to vote plus the initiative process is very unforgiving.  They'll invalidate a signature just for not putting ALL the info on the physical address, or for putting a mailing address or for putting a new address when the person moved and didn't update, even if they are in the same precinct.

      Considering only about 40,000 people voted in the last election and a total of 20,000 signatures (valid and invalid) were collected, it is clear that there is overwhelming support for this initiative.

      If it gets on the ballot, the next challenge will be to get all those people to actually vote.

      Already Monsanto is spending literally a million dollars on propaganda in Hawai'i.  

      And fake astroturf groups with mysterious funding sources are springing up talking against the initiative.

      •  We have Oregonians for Food & Shelter (1+ / 0-)
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        Sounds like a real folksy pitiful bunch of Oregonians but they have three Biotech executives on their board. And our Farm Bureau is with Biotech too.

        We have it within our power to make the world over again ~ Thomas Paine

        by occupystephanie on Wed May 28, 2014 at 12:02:15 PM PDT

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        •  Yeah we have: (2+ / 0-)
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          Turbonerd, occupystephanie

          Hawaii Farmers and Ranchers United (pro-GMO astroturf group)

          Hawaii Crop Improvement Association  (the 5 GMO-Chem Corpos)

          and a new fake organization that I think is geared more towards advancing the corporate interests of Alexander & Baldwin called

          Go Maui

          Then we have previously legitimate organizations who have been taken over by Monsanto et al

          Hawaii Farm Bureau

  •  Thank You again (1+ / 0-)
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       Thank You for the photo of Alika. The spiritual determination of a good cause.
       I'm so impressed. Being 63, I now am in meditation and very optimistic that it will qualify.
       We had a March Against Monsanto this weekend here in Los Angeles and I kept looking at all the people who marched, thinking we all are working on stopping a worldwide catastrophic failure of GMO single generation non evolving seed, thereby preventing another Irish potato famine AND stop them from poisoning the planet with glyphosate among the many poisons they employ.
       So stopping them in their controlled for profit experiments that effect surrounding peoples health is SO important because it gives people in 3rd world countries, where their work it dirtier, inspiration.
       The really good news is the Dutch just passed a law abolishing round up and any with glyphosate starting the end of 2015. With France and Brazil soon to follow.
       That's such HUGE news because the Dutch are such experts at growing for centuries. A worldwide reputation. If the Dutch say there's something wrong. The world listens.
       P.S. Hoping for more cool photos...  

    March AGAINST monsatanOHagentorange 3/25/13 a time warp

    by 3rock on Wed May 28, 2014 at 07:32:46 AM PDT

  •  So 9200 people (0+ / 0-)

    Don't understand science?

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