(1) Except as required by 13-27-104, within 4 weeks after receiving the sheets or sections of a petition, the county
official shall check the names of all signers to verify they are registered electors
of the county. In addition, the official shall randomly select signatures on each sheet or section
and compare them with the signatures of the electors as they appear in the registration
records of the office. If all the randomly selected signatures appear to be genuine, the number of signatures
of registered electors on the sheet or section may be certified to the secretary of
state without further comparison of signatures. If any of the randomly selected signatures do not appear to be genuine, all signatures
on that sheet or section must be compared with the signatures in the registration
records of the office.
(2) For the purpose of allocating the signatures of voters among the several legislative
representative districts of the state as required to certify a petition for a referendum
or a call of a constitutional convention under the provisions of this chapter following
the filing of a districting and apportionment plan under 5-1-111 and before the first gubernatorial election following the filing of the plan, the
new districts must be used with the number of signatures needed for each legislative
representative district being the total votes cast for governor in the last gubernatorial
election divided by the number of legislative representative districts.
(3) Upon discovery of fraudulent signatures or duplicate signatures of an elector
on any one issue, the election administrator may submit the name of the elector or
the signature gatherer, or both, to the county attorney to be investigated under the
provisions of 13-27-106 and 13-35-207.
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