Gas tax repeal measure appears to miss deadline, but another effort could reach the ballot

A ballot measure to repeal California’s controversial new gas tax appears to have missed the deadline to file signatures and qualify for the ballot.

The campaign, which was sponsored by Assemblyman Travis Allen, a Republican candidate for governor, had until Monday, Jan. 8 to file 365,880 signatures supporting the measure. While individual counties have until Jan. 19 to send the Secretary of State’s office a count of signatures it received, several county elections boards said Friday that they had received zero signatures.

Officials at the Santa Clara County and San Diego County Registrars of Voters said they received no signatures for the measure. A spokesman for the Secretary of State’s office said Allen’s campaign also did not submit a required notice that 25 percent of the necessary signatures were gathered.

An Allen spokesperson did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

The gas tax, which was passed by the legislature and signed by Gov. Jerry Brown last year, raised the tax on gasoline and diesel and raised vehicle registration fees in order to gather $5 billion annually for road repairs and other transit projects.

A separate ballot measure campaign to repeal the law — which is chaired by Allen’s Republican rival for the governor’s office, businessman John Cox — is still collecting signatures and has until May 21 to file. That petition has gathered 400,000 signatures of the necessary 585,407, the campaign said in a statement Friday.

Republicans are counting on one of the measures to make it to the ballot — which they expect to boost turnout among GOP voters during a midterm year when Democrats predict races up and down the ballot will swing in their favor.

A poll conducted by the Berkeley Institute of Governmental Studies last month found a majority of California likely voters backed the repeal.

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Source:: The Mercury News – Politics

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