Anti-golf-course coalition scores with petition signatures |

Anti-golf-course coalition scores with petition signatures

Lu Snyder

FRISCO – Though anti-golf-course petitioners already have the signatures required to put their initiative on the ballot, they continue to collect signatures.

“We’re shooting to turn in maybe twice what is needed to make sure we get on the ballot,” said Save the Peninsula coalition leader Doug Malkan.

The coalition is petitioning to allow Frisco voters to put the golf course issue to a vote in November in the hopes of preventing the planning, design or construction of a golf course on the peninsula.

The coalition must collect 405 signatures from registered voters in Frisco to see their initiative on the ballot next November. By Friday, after three weeks of petitioning, the group had collected 425 signatures, Malkan said.

“(But) we figure a certain percentage of signatures will be lost due to technicalities,” Malkan said.

Among the reasons some signatures might be rejected by the town clerk, are not printing names legibly, and listing incomplete addresses or a post office box instead of a physical address. Perhaps the biggest reason is if people who have signed the petition haven’t updated their address, Malkan said. Supporters must be registered at the address where they live, he said.

Frisco Town Clerk Deb Helton said signatures might also be challenged if petitioners leave petitions unattended. According to Helton, volunteers are responsible for witnessing all the signatures they collect. A petition left unattended could be protested, she said, and potentially invalidate the signatures on that petition.

Malkan said he and approximately 30 other volunteers will continue to collect signatures to ensure they have enough to make up for any discounted by the town clerk. Though the group is required to collect the signatures 15 percent of Frisco’s registered voters – more than those who cast a ballot in April’s election – Malkan said he feels confident it will collect enough signatures to see the initiative on November’s ballot.

The group has until Sept. 3 to gather the signatures required.

Once the petitions are turned into to the town clerk, Malkan said, the coalition will have a one-time, 10-day period to make up for any shortage in signatures.

“That’s it,” Malkan said. “That’s final.”

Before beginning the petitioning process, not all coalition members were confident putting the golf course issue to vote would succeed.

“In the beginning, we were wondering how the vote might go,” Malkan said.

Now, Malkan said he is confident the initiative will be supported if it makes it on the ballot.

“Assuming we get on the ballot – which I would say at this point is a pretty safe bet – this is going to pass easily and overwhelmingly,” Malkan said.

However, Frisco voters will have to cast their ballots on election day for that success to be realized, Malkan said.

He said the coalition plans to have an active campaign to make sure people get out and vote.

Lu Snyder can be reached at 970-668-3998 x203 or

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