Washington R-71 qualifies for November ballot
TACOMA, Washington: The signature count is nearly over but by Monday evening state election officials confirmed that sponsors of Washington Referendum 71 (2009) have submitted the minimum number of valid signatures to place the measure on the November 2009 ballot. Referendum supporters needed a minimum of 120,577 valid signatures and by Monday had reached 121,617. In July, a grand total of 137,689 signatures were submitted and by August 30, 130,000 signatures had been reviewed. A total of 16,264 total signatures have been rejected, according to the secretary of state's office.
However, the signature update comes parallel to challengers attempting to block the measure from reaching the ballot. Washington Families Standing Together filed a lawsuit last week requesting an injunction that would block R-71. The secretary of state's office reports that King County Superior Court Judge Julie Spector will rule on Wednesday if she plans to take the case.
- Seattle Post Globe, "R-71 qualifying for November statewide vote," August 31, 2009
- Washington Secretary of State, "UPDATE: R-71 headed to November statewide ballot," August 31, 2009
- Washington Secretary of State's blog, "R-71 update: Friday night and nearly 131,000 sigs checked," August 28, 2009
- Seattle Post-Intelligencer, "Laws or technicalities? Judge to decide R-71 challenge," August 31, 2009