to use false information to secure signatures on a petition
Over the past two weeks volunteers from Line in the Sand and SPON, using paid signature gatherers from around the state, have made outlandish claims to deceive voters into signing the Museum House referendum petition.
In order to protect themselves, Museum House supporters documented the false statements volunteers and out-of-town signature collectors paid a bounty of $3-7 per signature. [link to YouTube here.
It is illegal to use false information to secure signatures on a petition.
Some of the more outlandish statements include;
- “5,000 new residents, 5,000 new units… It’s huge, huge, huge.”
- “45,208 to 21,576 – that’s the amount of people that’s gonna be extra.”
- “I don’t get any money if you don’t sign.”
- “I’m not mentally stable, man.”
After four public hearings and unanimous approval by Newport Beach’s Planning Commission and near unanimous approval by City Council, the planning process was turned on its head.
Newport Beach deserves better.