Orly Taitz reports crazy numbers of signers for her petition, the most recent number I’ve seen from her is 20,000. That’s just wrong.
The first problem is duplicate signers. Look at these screen shots:
Those are just recent duplicate signers who signed twice in a row, and signers that made no attempt to hide their double signatures. Indeed there is no verification of email addresses in the signing process and somebody can just make up a name and a location. A name isn’t even required. Since only the first name and last name initial is entered at all, duplicates are not easy to count. I noticed that “Darren H.” from Diablo, California, signed 8 times and “Renee B.” from Greeley, Colorado is a fiver.
Some of the “signings” are pranks. I found 47 like this in a group:
A far more serious problem of over reporting comes from Taitz’ misunderstanding or misrepresentation of the site. When someone signs the petition, it can send emails to selected members of Congress, specifically your two Senators and your Representative: that’s three. So when it says it sent 20,000 emails, that means something less than 20,000 actual signers. You can see that in this screen shot:
I left a comment on Taitz’ web site about this mistake several days ago. Either she didn’t see it, or she is intentionally deceiving her readers.
In order to get a better idea of how the petition campaign is going, I tabulated the signers per day. The total now is 9,502 (Orly reports 23,000).