Chargers submit 110,786 signatures to city clerk

The team exceeds its goal in six weeks.

On Friday, 83 boxes containing 110,786 signatures were delivered by the Chargers to be filed with San Diego City Clerk Elizabeth Maland in an effort to get an initiative for a new downtown stadium on November's ballot.

The Chargers need nearly 67,000 valid signatures from registered voters in the City of San Diego in order to qualify for the ballot. The excess signatures are obtained to account for the invalid names that are inevitably gathered in these scenarios, despite best practices to ensure signatures are legit.

Nearly 111,000 signatures were obtained in six weeks.

“On behalf of the entire San Diego Chargers organization, we want to thank every registered San Diego City voter who signed the petition,” Chargers Chairman Dean Spanos said in a team-issued statement. “Most signature-gathering efforts of this kind take six full months. We had just six weeks to complete our work. The fact that we were able to collect more than 110,000 signatures in that short period of time demonstrates tremendous support in our community for a new, combined stadium-convention center expansion downtown.”

The plan is still under scrutiny by local politicians and citizens who are wary of how the $1.15 billion stadium and convention center will be funded and built in East Village. Questions still surround the displacement of homeless people in the area, as well as the lack of parking and uncertainty over what belongs to the team and what belongs to the city.

Earlier this week, candidates for City Attorney expressed opposition toward the proposal.

Still, the delivery of the signatures represents a significant step in this process. Next up: Signatures will be vetted and -- assuming there are at least 67,000 legal names -- the team will launch its television and radio campaign, while opponents of the plan raise their voices on the other side.

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