TACOMA, Washington: This week, Washington state officials announced that approximately two-thirds of the total submitted signatures to place Washington Referendum 71 (2009) on the November 3, 2009 ballot have been counted. Referendum 71 is an attempt to overturn Washington's new "everything but marriage" domestic partnership law. According to the latest reports, of the 103,898 signatures checked 91,716 have been accepted and 12,182 have been rejected. In order to place the measure on the ballot R-71 supporters must have a total of 120,577 valid signatures. Brian Zylstra of the secretary of state's office reported on Monday, August 24 that the rate of error is currently 11.72%. In order to reach the 120,577 signature goal, it is estimated that the rate of error cannot exceed 12.4%. The count is expected to be completed by next week.
*Washington Referendum 71 (2009)