Voter Registration Office verifying signatures against animal ordinance

KINGMAN - The Mohave County Voter Registration Office is examining signatures for a referendum on the county's revised animal ordinances. The office received the petitions last week.

The Board of Supervisors passed revisions to the current county planning and zoning, animal control and public health ordinances in October. Members of Guardian Angels for Pets and a number of other animal rescue organizations protested the changes, saying they put an undue burden on animal rescues and kennel operators. The group collected and turned in more than 5,400 signatures on Nov. 4 to place the issue on the May ballot.

Once the petition papers were turned in, the Elections Department had to check to make sure the papers were properly filled out.

A sample of the signatures were then turned over to the County Voter Registration Department to verify that they belonged to registered voters. The Voter Registration Department has 15 working days to determine whether the sample signatures are valid.

Once the signatures have been verified, the Elections Department will determine if the issue will be placed on the May ballot.

The group needs more than 4,600 verified signatures in order to place the issue on the ballot.