I already wrote about the city’s “error” where they told us instead of the 2,306 signatures required to qualify the initiative, we need 8,258. You can read the city’s letter here.
Essentially, somebody over at the City Hall has decided that the Nevada Constitution doesn’t mean what it says, it means what they want it to. This is the city’s justification for violating the law, under which our Committee only needs to gather 2,306 signatures 15% of the number of people who voted in the last city election.
It turns out that the Legislature has taken up the city’s interpretation of the Constitution – that the phrase “preceding general county or municipal election” really means “preceding general county or general municipal election” instead of what it says. In 1967, the Legislature specifically considered and rejected applying the percentage to the last city general election and made it the last city election.
Here is the letter I would have delivered to the City Clerk’s office yesterday if it has been open. We are requesting they acknowledge that we need to gather 2,306.