Pierce County ballot language suit goes to court
PIERCE COUNTY, Washington: Last week a lawsuit was filed regarding a ballot language challenge in Pierce County. Specifically the challenge questions three proposed charter amendments scheduled for the November 3 ballot. The suit was filed by Sherry Bockwinkel, a term-limit supporter, and Kelly Haughton, a ranked choice voting supporter, in Pierce County Superior Court. Specifically, Haugton and Bockwinkel argue that the use of the terms “approve” or “reject" is a departure from the more commonly used "yes" or "no" options and may cause confusion. Additionally, they argue that the language on Proposal 1, regarding the extension of term limits, is argumentative and favors the proposal.
A hearing is scheduled for August 31, 2009.