Columbia petition drive appears to fail

Signature drive 362 names short

April 12, 2010

A petition drive aimed at putting the housing portion of the downtown Columbia rezoning on the November ballot appears to be 362 names short of the required 2,501 valid registered voters. The Howard County Election Board tally is preliminary, however, and the signatures will be re-examined during a second count, election officials said. A total of 5,000 valid signatures are required, with half required after 60 days. The board's initially tally showed 2,139 valid signatures, with 1,352 invalid, a nearly 39 percent rejection rate.

Larry Carson

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