- Associated Press - Thursday, May 19, 2016

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - The Latest on a proposed California ballot measure to accelerate appeals for inmates on death row (all times local):

1 p.m.

A campaign to accelerate appeals for inmates on death row says it has submitted signatures to appear on California’s Nov. 8 ballot.

Californians for Death Penalty Reform and Savings said it submitted 593,000 signatures Thursday at county registrar offices throughout the state. That’s well above the 365,880 need to qualify for an increasingly crowded ballot. Authorities must validate about two-thirds of those signatures for it to make the ballot.

Last month, a campaign for a competing measure to repeal California’s death penalty submitted signatures to appear on the same ballot.

Supporters of the pro-death penalty measure held news conferences throughout the state to mark Thursday’s milestone. They included many law enforcement officers.


1 a.m.

Death penalty supporters are setting the stage for a November showdown over whether to speed up executions in California or do away with them entirely.

Crime victims, prosecutors and other supporters plan to submit nearly 600,000 signatures Thursday for a ballot measure to streamline what both sides call a broken system.

No one has been executed in California in a decade because of ongoing legal challenges.

Supporters plan 10 news conferences statewide to promote an initiative they say would save taxpayers millions of dollars annually and promote justice for victims and their families.

Even more signatures were submitted last month with much less fanfare for a competing initiative to abolish the death penalty.

Opponents say their measure, too, would save money by doing away with the nation’s largest death row.

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