Support for Washington annexation referendum dropped
OLYMPIA, Washington: Late last week, Jerry Galland, a King County resident and supporter of Washington Senate Bill 5808, also known as Washington Referendum 72, announced that the effort to place the measure on the November 3, 2009 statewide ballot was dropped. Galland said, "We are in a position where we do not have enough signatures to qualify for the ballot."
Under SB 5808, if a city, a county and a fire district come to an agreement about annexing a neighborhood, that annexation can happen without a vote of the people who live in the annexed neighborhood. Supporters were required to submit a minimum of 120,577 valid voter signatures by July 25 in order to qualify the measure for the November 2009 statewide ballot.