"I was in a rush and the person gave it to me," said Darnell. "I trusted and they told me what it represented and as soon as I had a chance to read it, I did."
It's there for all to read Sadie Darnell's legal name Shirley Darnell on July 12th, petitioning Gainesville to allow a vote that would force the city to conform to the State Civil Rights Act. 18 days later she petitions to revoke her initial signature.
"I take responsibility for that," said Darnell. "I should have read it before I signed it, but I trusted the person and I was told something that was untrue."
There are more than 6,000 valid signatures in the Supervisor of Elections Office. That's almost 800 more than are needed to get the petition on the ballot.
"I think it's a great victory for the citizens of the community, and really it's a testament to the fact when citizens decide that they want to have input in government, they can do it," said Citizens For Good Public Policy Spokesperson Cain Davis.
The Supervisor of Elections Office has received 38 petitions from people who want to revoke their signature just like Sadie Darnell.
"We are disappointed that the group that was gathering petitions misled people substantially," said Equality is Gainesville's Business Spokesperson Terry Fleming. "There were a number of things they said that were inaccurate."
Darnell declined Thursday to give more information about what she thought the petition meant, and the identity of the person who brought it to her saying as sheriff, she is choosing to stay neutral.
We asked Darnell's challenger in the upcoming election Lonnie Scott what he thought. He is not a city resident, but says he supports a citizen's vote on the issue.
"If you take a stand, let folks know," said Scott. "Don't do it in a secret and and let people know where you stand. To be for something, then be against something, then be for it again, it's inconsistent."
There's not enough time to get the petition on the November ballot... so look for it in the March city elections.
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