The error rate for petition signatures in Washington is rising

From the SLOG:

Election workers counted the highest percentage of invalid petition signatures for anti-gay Referendum 71 today. “It is almost 15 percent today and that drives the cumulative error rate over 13.5 percent,” says secretary of state’s office spokesman David Ammons. “The maximum error rate that they can withstand is 12.43 percent, so they are currently exceeding that.”

Referendum backers need 120,577 valid signatures to secure a spot on the general election ballot; they turned in 137,689 signatures on July 25.

The most recent numbers were posted this evening on a new web page designated solely for reporting Referendum 71 updates.

I’m liking the direction in which this is heading.

Seattle-based Dan Savage:

Now I kind of wish I hadn’t “declined to sign” I-71. It would be amusing to know that one of those invalid signatures—I wouldn’t have given them my real name—breaking the haters’ hearts was “mine.”

Washington Families Standing Together is prepared to fight against R-71, if it makes the ballot.


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