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Did you notice? In the first sentence I specifically used the term unique signatures?
These last 10 days I have gone through our entire electronic petition database and have removed all duplicate signatures. This duplication removal represents an over all 18% drop in the number of signatures on the electronic petition from May 26, 2014 - July 31, 2015. Some states had a higher percentage of duplicates, some not quite so high. I went through this process because for our petition to be credible, we cannot have individuals sign more than one time.
When I started, I knew I would find some duplicates. It happens; someone forgets they signed or they click the submit button twice. When I started the process 10 days ago, I really thought I would find a reduction of about 5%, not almost 20%.
What I really did not expect to find were three separate instances of individuals signing the petition over 30 times each! I found hundreds who had signed anywhere from 5-20 times. And then there were the ones I expected to find, a single duplication, which were about 5%.
Please, this cannot continue. If you want us to succeed, please do not keep signing the petition over and over. We have added some additional features to our petition that should hopefully cut down on the duplications, but it will not catch everything.
The images this month show the total before and after the duplication removal through July 31st, in addition to the current totals, in addition to the hard copy signature count.
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