Attorneys arguing against a public vote on a new arena say the different versions of a petition to put the measure on the ballot have errors and should be excluded.
McGeorge School of Law Professor Mary-Beth Moylan says existing law allows for "minor errors" and the different versions will likely be counted with one exception.
"One of those does not have the actual language of the petition attached," she says. "That would be a substantial defect."
Moylan says if the petitions are different enough, the argument could be made that people were not all signing the same petition and that could also open the way for many signatures to be voided.
The county registrar has begun the process of counting 35,248 petitions and comparing them to 9,800 forms submitted by people who say they signed a petition, but now want to void that signature.
There must be 22,026 approved signatures to put the measure on the June ballot.
Six months after receiving the approval to begin construction of a downtown arena, the Sacramento Kings and the City of Sacramento have broken ground.
The first demolition work is underway at the site of the Sacramento Kings' future home.
The Downtown Plaza garage entrances at 6th and J and 6th and L are now closed as construction begins on the downtown arena.
People with affiliations to the group Sacramento Taxpayers Opposed to Pork have filed notice they will appeal a judge's decision denying a request for an injunction blocking the downtown arena project.
Parts of Downtown Plaza will be demolished Friday to make way for the Sacramento Kings arena project.
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