May 29, 2013 - By Bob Moen, The Associated PressThe secretary of state's office has 60 days to see if 37,606 valid signatures have been collected in order to put a referendum on the 2014 general election ballot.
CHEYENNE -- Organizers of an effort to repeal changes to the state schools chief's duties and powers turned in petition signatures to the Wyoming secretary of state's office minutes before the deadline Tuesday.
Petition organizer Jennifer Young, of Torrington, said she isn't sure how many signatures were collected because of the rush to meet the deadline.
"We were collecting, and people were bringing them in from all around the state until the very last minute," Young said. "People were collecting up until the last moment possible."
At last count about two weeks ago, about 20,000 signatures had been collected, she said.
Young and others delivered about a half dozen boxes stuffed with petitions just before 5 p.m. when the secretary of state's office closed for the day.
The secretary of state's office has 60 days to check to see if they collected 37,606 valid signatures in order to put a referendum on the 2014 general election ballot.
Young said Wyoming's referendum process makes it difficult to succeed because of cumbersome requirements and a 90-day deadline. But she said she was encouraged by the number of signatures they were able to gather in a short period time -- a time that included one of the snowiest Aprils in history in some areas of the state.
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