If you just recently registered to vote so you could have a say in the upcoming presidential election, your signature may not count if you signed the local alcohol petitions. For your signature to be valid, you have to register to vote 30 days before the petition is issued. In this case, you would have to be registered on or before September 1st.
One petition gatherer told people as long as they were registered to vote in Lubbock County they could sign the alcohol sales petition, but that's not exactly true. If you're one of the thousands of Lubbock citizens who registered to vote in the past month, your signature will not count on the alcohol sales petitions.
NewsChannel 11 went to one of the petition sites and found people who signed. "Well, I think everybody has the right to get to vote on whether they want or whether they don't," said Bobby Simpson.
There were also several people who choose not to sign. Joe Magnetico said, "I don't drink, so I don't really understand why I would want to sign up if I don't partake in alcohol."
A few people, like Debbie Maples, signed the petition, but then found out their signature won't count. Maples relocated to Lubbock with her husband after hurricane Ike, and just registered to vote in Lubbock County a few weeks ago. "If I'm gonna be a resident here, and I'm going to register to vote, and I'm going vote, I think anything I do here should count," said Maples.
With the record number of voters registering in the past few weeks, Let Lubbock Vote is likely to run into many voters like Maples, who for petition purposes just don't count. To combat this problem, the PAC says they plan to collect about 10,000 more signatures than needed. With just more than 50 days left, they still don't have a confirmed number of how many valid signatures they have collected so far.
Even if you aren't eligible to sign the petition, you can still vote in the election in May as long as you register to vote at least one month before.