According to Chris Casey, over at Lehigh Valley Political Blog, Mike Hanlon, Allentown City Clerk, is the one who initially informed Tim Benyo, County Chief Clerk of Voter Registration, that the Water Lease Ballot Petition didn't conform with state law. Previous news reports indicated that this determination was made after the Allentown City Clerk delivered the petitions to the Voter Registration Office. If Casey's allegation is correct, then the city conspired against it's own citizens. The City Solicitor had reviewed the petition and imposed guidelines. Under this review, the petitioners were misled to believe that their efforts were conforming with applicable timelines and laws.
UPDATE: This afternoon I discussed the above allegation with one of the leaders of the Water Lease Ballot Petition. He does not consider the revelation "actionable", and will not seek an injunction. He's hopeful that some members of council will change their mind from fear of voter backlash, and being educated by his group's presentations, which promote Allentown starting it's own water authority. He has much more faith in the flexibility of council than I do.