710,924 Signatures for Overturning Senate Map. And Yet…

From KQED:

The sole challenge to the work of California’s citizen redistricting panel appears to have crossed a significant milestone over the weekend, but still faces some tough odds to actually blocking the use of the panel’s work in 2012.

Starting last Thursday and concluding on Sunday, the political team that pushed the referendum against the state Senate districts drawn by the California Citizens Redistricting Commission turned in 710,924 signatures to elections officials in 57 California counties — enough, they believe, to place the measure on the November 2012 ballot.

“Hundreds of people worked tirelessly for almost three months to collect these signatures, overcoming great odds and many skeptics,” said a written statement from state Sen. Mimi Walters (R-Laguna Niguel), one of the leading donors to the effort. Democrats released a statement of their own last week panning the effort.

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