A ticking clock has sparked a medical marijuana SCRAMBLE for support. From the streets, to these nice, clean stacks... Where election officials are scrambling to prove, whether these signatures are valid. 3 Good evening. Duval County Supervisor of Elections Jerry Holland tells Channel 4, they've received tens of thousands of signatures so far, as petitioners try to ensure the amendment legalizing medical marijuana is on the November ballot. It's become their final push for support .... Signatures must be verified by January 31st, in order to qualify for the 2014 general election. And as Channel 4's Chris Parenteau explains, supporters are confident they'll make the deadline. He joins us now from our newsroom with the latest on the effort..Chris? 3 3 3 For the group trying to get this amendment on the ballot, the process is almost over. They feel they have enough signatures needed to get on the ballot. That will put the ball in the hands of supervisors of elections around the state 3 00-05 19-24In Duval county, Supervisor of Elections Jerry Holland says they've received over 50,000 signed petitions for the medical marijuana amendment since the beginning of this year. They have a full staff working to verify all the signatures since there is no extension for that January 31st deadline. SOT Jerry Holland 32:05 We gear up for it, we know it's coming. We have all hands on deck working on it. They have done a phenomenal job knocking out almost 50,000 since the first of the year. VO Once the petitions are turned in, they are verified like an absentee ballot would be, making sure the birth date, address, and signature all match what they have on file. For the group "United for Care" which is leading the charge, they know that means getting far more than the 680,000 thousand signatures needed to get it on the ballot. SOT Ben Pollara 43:38 We are very confident we 43:38 We are SOT Ben Pollara on the ballot. needed to get it on the ballot. SOT Ben Pollara 43:38 We are very confident we will be able to get this on the ballot. We believe we have enough signatures to get on, and we have huge faith in the supervisor of elections capabilities to get them counted in time. SOT Holland 31:02 The petitioners know that they need to get the signatures in to us as early as possible.It's only the ones we have validated by the 31st VO Ben Pollara says that's why the group will stop collecting signatures within the next 48 hours so they can get as many verified as possible. They say this issue is one of the most important ones to hit the ballot in recent years. SOT Pollara 42:45 We are trying to bring that to them so they can pursue the treatment that their doctors are recommending without having to live like a criminal. 3 Supervisor of Elections Jerry Holland says that his office expects to get between five and ten thousand more petitions before the 31st, so it will be all hands on deck for his office and many others around the state for the next two weeks. 3 Chris, what happens if this petition falls short of the 680,000 signatures needed to get on the ballot?