"The legislation is designed to attack fraud in petitions, and it appears from reports that there were indeed forged signatures on petitions turned in for a couple of 2012 ballot initiatives. The problem is that no one has been charged with a crime."
I suspect that this crime is difficult to prosecute successfully since the act of forging a signature, when done reasonably well, disguises the handwriting of the perpetrator, leaving no forensic evidence. And while circumstantial evidence is not completely without merit, without any corroboration, such as eye-witness testimony, charging someone with this crime would be problematic at best.
Other than that, excellent column.