Washington Update: Checking Done, Lawsuit Pending
September 1, 2009
Lots to report from Washington State... last night the Secretary of State completed counting and the unofficial and incomplete numbers show Referendum 71 (the effort to put the new domestic partner legislation to voters to approve or reject) making it to the ballot. The Secretary of State reports: "sponsors, a campaign group called Protect Marriage Washington, submitted nearly 138,00o signatures on July 25, needing 120,577 to secure a ballot spot. As of Monday evening, after all signatures were checked, state checkers accepted 121,617 signatures — a pad of 1,040 signatures." However, the process is not complete. For one, these results are not certified -- or made official. Even with the final checks that need to be done by state officials, supporters of the domestic partner law have filed suit to stop the Secretary from certifying the results since they allege a number of invalid signatures were counted as valid counter to the state's anti-fraud protections. A hearing was held yesterday and the judge is expected to issue a ruling tomorrow morning. For now visit ApproveReferendum71.org and find out how you can get involved in this important campaign.
May 21, 2013