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Chargers Turn in Ballot Initiative Signatures

The San Diego Chargers delivered 83 boxes full of signatures gathered for their citizens' initiative to build a new stadium in downtown San Diego

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    Chargers Turn in Ballot Initiative Signatures
    Liberty Zabala
    The Chargers pulled out the stops Saturday to host a rally to collect signatures from registered San Diego voters for the team's new stadium plan. Big names spoke at the rally: Philip Rivers, LaDainian Tomlinson, Dean Spanos and NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell.

    San Diego City Clerk Elizabeth Maland probably had to clear out a little extra space in her office on Friday morning.

    The San Diego Chargers delivered 83 boxes full of signatures gathered for their citizens' initiative.

    In total 110,786 people lent their signatures to the initiative for a Downtown San Diego stadium/convention center hybrid, the Chargers said.

    The Bolts need more than 67,000 of them to be verified to get the plan before voters in the November election.

    “Most signature gathering efforts of this kind take six full months. We had just six weeks to complete our work,” said Chargers Chairman Dean Spanos in a statement. “The fact that we were able to collect more than 110,000 signatures in that short period of time demonstrates tremendous support in our community for a new, combined stadium-convention center expansion downtown.”

    The Chargers paid top-dollar to the signature gathering team, adding motivation to get as many as possible.

    The elevated level of news coverage on this topic also no doubt added to the rapidity with which they were procured.

    The City Clerk and the County Registrar of Voters will now work to verify the signatures of registered San Diego City voters and determine if the Bolts citizens' initiative will be up for a public vote this year.