About half of the SHAKA Movement's initial 9,700 GMO moratorium petition signatures submitted in April were recently invalidated. The organization came up 3,745 signatures short, according to a letter from Maui County Clerk's Office dated May 21.
To get the initiative on the Nov. 4 general election ballot SHAKA needs 8,465 valid signatures of registered Maui County voters.
To close the gap, the group submitted an additional 9,376 signatures on May 27--well within the 20-day limit.
SHAKA Confident GMO Moratorium Drive Will Reach Its Goal
The clerk's office has 10 days to verify the additional signatures submitted in support of a moratorium on genetically modified organisms in countywide.
SHAKA Movement spokesman Bruce Douglas said the group was confident that it will reach the goal of 8,465 valid signatures in the time alloted.
Even if a similar percentage of signatures were found to be invalid, the number of valid signatures would exceed the requirement, Douglas said.
Problems cited by the county clerk included duplicate signatures, insufficient or incorrect information and illegible handwriting. Some who signed were not registered to vote in Maui County.
If the clerk's office determines the signature requirement has been met, the proposed ordinance would be forwarded to the Maui County Council for review. The council has 60 days to act on it. If the council does not approve the proposal, it is returned to the clerk's office and prepared as a question for this year general election ballot.
SHAKA stands for "Sustainable Hawaiian Agriculture for Keiki and the 'Aina."