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Petition to repeal Iowa City's new bar entry age law labeled invalid

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IOWA CITY (KWWL) - A new law preventing anyone under 21 from entering Iowa City bars after 10 PM took effect Tuesday.

A group, named "Yes to Entertaining Students Safely," or Y.E.S.S., recently turned in a petition with enough signatures to reverse the measure. But a recent review by the city showed only about half the signatures were valid.

2,500 signatures are required, to send the law back to council members. But the city clerk's office says only about half of those are valid. A signature can be deemed invalid due to a signer's information not matching city or county records, or being illegible.

Raj Patel, the University of Iowa student leading Y.E.S.S., is confident he'll be able to make up the difference. On Tuesday, he sent out a statement, saying there were bound to be errors with the petition, with so many signatures coming from first-time voters. Patel hopes to correct those mistakes, giving the city of Iowa City "an opportunity to engage in the democratic process, and determine the bar entry age on November 2nd."

The city will now send a certificate of insufficiency to Patel, with instruction on what to do if he wants to amend the petition. After that, he has 15 days to collect enough valid signatures for the petition to hold any power.

Iowa City police say it may take a while to see what the impact of the law will be on bar traffic. However, they plan to have extra officers out next weekend to enforce it.

Online Reporter - Brady Smith

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