Update: California's Secretary of State reports 121 signatures, nearly double the required number. The extra count lowers the filing fee.
Feb 23rd: After speaking with just one of the 55 California County Registrars, we already have 70 validated ballot nomination signatures. 65 are required.
David Levitt will be on the US Senate June 2012 primary ballot, challenging the status quo with a citizen-fueled campaign!
We in fact collected signatures easily in 10 other counties.
It was just 5 of us, just citizens making sure to have a few Nomination Petition forms handy one Thursday game night, or saying a few words to neighbors at that mostly music 'open mike' pub one night. No one was paid. No one was bothered. No one sweated.
The real key was how hungry California voters are for change.
The following might sound like a joke, or perhaps an insult:
"How do you collect 100 US Senate nomination signatures in just a few weeks?"
"Tell 100 Californians "I'm supporting a progressive Democrat who's running to replace Dianne Feinstein" and wait for them to say "Where do I sign?"
Only it's not a joke or an insult - it's an amazing fact.
In 11 different California counties it was exactly the same. Delighted, seemingly unanimous voters heard the message and answered, "It's about time!" and signed. The message was: stop wasting trilllions on Mideast wars and Drug wars; start investing in jobs and education instead; and give Americans universal health care like very other industrialized country. The bigger message was: we may be Democrats, but we don't want what wealthy, corporate friendly 20 year incumbents like Feinstein have been offering, and we can't wait for a change.