Appeals Court Keeps Governor’s Initiative Off Ballot

More bad news for the Governator…

A state appeals court on Tuesday refused to put Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger’s redistricting initiative back on November’s special election ballot.

The 3rd District Court of Appeal, in a 2-1 decision, said supporters’ use of two versions of the initiative in the certification process was a “clear violation of the constitutional and statutory procedures for the circulation of an initiative petition.”

The petitioners were under a duty to disclose the discrepancies as soon as they learned of them…,” said the ruling by Justices Coleman Blease and M. Kathleen Butz. “Their failure to make a public disclosure has tainted … the ballot pamphlet review process.”

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