Supporters of an effort to repeal California’s new law requiring mandatory vaccines for schoolchildren faced a Monday deadline to turn in enough signatures to qualify a ballot initiative asking voters to repeal the law.
The group had until the end of the day to submit the needed 366,000 signatures to county clerks to ask California voters to repeal SB277, which struck the state’s personal belief exemption for immunizations, a move that requires nearly all public schoolchildren to be vaccinated.
Gov. Jerry Brown signed SB277 into law earlier this year amid fierce opposition from some parents’ rights groups who argue the state should not force their children to be vaccinated, saying the science is clear that vaccines “dramatically protect children against a number of infectious and dangerous diseases.”
Election clerks in Los Angeles and Contra Costa counties reported receiving signature petitions Monday, but officials might not know until next week whether supporters have enough signatures to make it to the ballot. County clerks have eight business days to count and report how many signatures they received, which would likely be followed by a more detailed review.