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ALERT: Petitioners at UCSD

ALERTOriginal Post: December 8, 2015

UPDATE #2Original Post: January 14, 2016

It has come to our attention that the petitioners are back this week and causing more issues.

1) The group of petitioners with the orange signs, which we had an issue with last time is back, and have some new signs. We recently confirmed that the petition about changing the legal drinking age to 18 is a real petition that has been cleared for circulation, despite the competing petitioner saying otherwise. Here is the summary:
1716. (15-0054)
Minimum Drinking Age. Initiative Statute.
Summary Date: 10/29/2015 | Circulation Deadline: 04/26/16 | Signatures Required: 365,880
Terrance Lynn contact@theterrylynn.com
Lowers the minimum legal drinking age in California from 21 to 18. Summary of estimate by Legislative Analyst and Director of Finance of fiscal impact on state and local government: Reduction in federal highway funds totaling roughly $200 million dollars annually. Increased state and local tax revenues associated with the sale of alcoholic beverages totaling possibly several million dollars annually. (15-0054.)
You can read more about this petition and others that have been cleared for circulation at http://www.sos.ca.gov/elections/ballot-measures/initiative-and-referendum-status/initiatives-referenda-cleared-circulation/.

orange sign petitioners
2) Another petitioner, who identified himself only as Jeff and is acting separately from the individuals with orange signs, came to the Associated Students (A.S.) office space early in the morning on January 8th, claimed he had permission from SOVAC, and took our voter registration forms. He is a tall, white male with a larger build. He looks older, is balding, and has been described as having missing teeth. He was dressed casually with a brown T-shirt.

He sometimes claims to be part of a “voter registration organization on campus” and even as working for the Registrar of Voters, both of which are not true. We obtained one of the forms from him, and it was definitely one of ours.

We have already confirmed with the school administration that he is allowed to approach people and ask them to register to vote and/or and sign petitions in Price Center, as well as most places on campus.

3) A third individual was observed on Wednesday, January 13th asking students to register and sign his petitions. He appears to be working with the man in the brown shirt who took our forms.


4) We are not sure who the men in suits are, but they appear to be asking for money, supposedly for refugees, but do not appear to be asking people to register to vote or sign any petitions. We would recommend being cautious when providing them any personal or financial information as we have not been able to verify their legitimacy.


petitioners and suits collage
Regarding voter registration:
Petitioners will try to re-register you to vote because you need to be registered in order to sign their petitions. They get paid to register people to vote and gather signatures for several different petitions.

The petitioner who stole our voter registration forms, claims, like the other group previously did, that the student government group that does voter registration (which is SOVAC) registers students to vote improperly and that if you registered with us (or at the DMV), that it probably didn’t go through. This is absolutely not true.

If there is a problem with your registration, the Registrar of Voters will attempt to contact you. If you are not sure if you are registered or registered properly (in San Diego County), please go to http://www2.sdcounty.ca.gov/rov/Eng/Eeverything_query.asp (and check the registration date).
For other California counties, please go to http://www.sos.ca.gov/elections/registration-status/ and select your county.

SOVAC volunteers will continue to table If anyone not wearing a yellow SOVAC shirt claims they are with SOVAC, do not register with them, and please let us know as soon as possible.

***As a side note, we are aware that there are petitions being circulated by these and other individuals regarding the legalization of marijuana. Just note that there are many different initiatives relating to such that are being circulated which have varying proposals regarding regulation, taxation, etc. (By our count, at least 15). You can read more about these and others at http://www.sos.ca.gov/elections/ballot-measures/initiative-and-referendum-status/initiatives-referenda-cleared-circulation/.

If you do want to sign any petitions, make sure you read them first!!!

If you have any further questions, you can read our FAQ or email us at sovac@ucsd.edu.

Thank you!