SAN FRANCISCO -- A judge in Sacramento has ordered the secretary of state's office to add about 5,000 signatures to the total submitted by supporters of a voter referendum that seeks to overturn a new California law guaranteeing certain rights to transgender students in public schools.

Sacramento County Superior Court Judge Allen Sumner issued a tentative ruling on Thursday directing Secretary of State Debra Bowen to "accept, file, and process as timely" the qualifying petitions the referendum's backers circulated in Mono and Tulare counties.

Bowen's office had refused to tally them, saying they were not turned in by a Nov. 10 deadline.

Sumner says that because Nov. 10 was a Sunday and the next day Veteran's Day, the law's opponents actually had until Tuesday, Nov. 12 to get their paperwork in.



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