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January 7, 2014 > Judge: Calif. must count rejected ballot petitions

Judge: Calif. must count rejected ballot petitions

By AP Wire Service

SAN FRANCISCO (AP), A judge in Sacramento has ordered the secretary of state's office to add about 5,000 signatures to the total submitted by supporters of a voter referendum that seeks to overturn a new California law guaranteeing certain rights to transgender students in public schools.

Sacramento County Superior Court Judge Allen Sumner issued a tentative ruling on Thursday directing Secretary of State Debra Bowen to ``accept, file, and process as timely'' the qualifying petitions the referendum's backers circulated in Mono and Tulare counties.

Bowen's office had refused to tally them, saying they were not turned in by a Nov. 10 deadline.

Sumner says that because Nov. 10 was a Sunday and the next day Veteran's Day, the law's opponents actually had until Tuesday, Nov. 12 to get their paperwork in.

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