Those revised numbers allowed supporters to narrowly avoid what could have been a disastrous full count of the more than 1.1 million signatures turned in by proponents – and left opponents crying foul. The number of valid signatures is actually a projection based on county counts of smaller random samples. The Secretary of State’s projection was 764,747 valid signatures – 957 more than required to get on the ballot without going through a time-consuming full count. But opponents of the measure immediately accused supporters of pressuring counties to revise their signature counts to ensure it made it to the ballot. Four counties last week removed five duplicate signatures they’d previously counted. VOTE: Opponents say supporters pressured counties to change signature counts. By Steven Harmon MEDIANEWS SACRAMENTO BUREAU SACRAMENTO – The Secretary of State announced Tuesday that the initiative to loosen term limits has qualified for the February 5 ballot, but only after four counties took the unusual step of revising their counts. That alone changed the percentage of valid signatures enough to increase the overall projected number of valid signatures by 5,490. “We’ve been getting calls from people whose livelihood is at stake saying that pressure is being brought to bear to come up with enough signatures,” said Kevin Spillane, a spokesman for the California Term Limits Defense Fund. “The results speak for themselves. These revisions are unprecedented and dramatic and very suspicious. We believe the process has been compromised and the integrity of the electoral system is at issue.” The group said it was considering legal options, including asking Secretary of State Debra Bowen to block the measure from the ballot. Currently, members can serve up to 14 years but are limited to six years in the Assembly and eight in the Senate. Because there are twice as many Assembly seats than Senate seats, most Assemblymembers don’t serve more than six years in the Legislature.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!