Sat Aug 29, 2009 at 12:44:11 PM EDT
|Referendum 71 faces two major milestones this week: The Washington Secretary of State (SOS) anticipates that the signature checking process will wrap up on Monday or Tuesday, and the Washington Families Standing Together (WAFST) lawsuit challenging some of the SOS's signature checking practices will be heard on Monday.
In the most recent signature checking tally, provided Friday night by the SOS, almost 130,000 from a total of 137,689 signatures had been checked. Of those, 114,583 had been accepted and 15,413 had been rejected. The results were still too close to call, but the cumulative rejection rate was 11.86%, well below the 12.4% needed for the referendum to fail to qualify.
The lawsuit filed by Washington Families Standing Together alleges that the SOS accepted in error over 2,600 petition sheets because the declaration on the sheets had been "signed" with a stamp bearing Larry Stickney's name, or left blank. WAFST also finds fault with the SOS's practice of accepting as valid signatures from signers who weren't registered to vote at the time of signing or on the petition deadline of July 25th. By law, only registered voters may sign a referendum petition.
Washington Families Standing Together is leaving nothing to chance, and continues to prepare for the November ballot. They need you to help! Please make a donation. Other ways you can take action are listed below.
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Washington Families Standing Together * 206-324-2570 * WAFST.org * PO Box 12216, Seattle, WA 98102