I've been scanning headlines about how the signature count is going in Washington for R-71, which would
ban roll-back the everything-but-the-M-word domestic partnerships law the legislature enacted this past year (damn those activist legislators!). Washington Families Standing Together (pro-DP's) thinks the homophobes violated a few state laws and that the Secretary of State looked the other way, and now they're taking the SoS to court. They're accusing the other side of submitting (and the SoS of ignoring):
- Petitions that didn't have the official oath attesting to the validity of the signatures signed
- Petitions where that oath was stamped-signed by Larry Stickney, president of the Washington Values Alliance, since he didn't collect the signatures
- Signatures from unregistered voters
- Signatures from voters who registered after July 25, 2009 (when the petitions were filed)
They're also saying that the SoS didn't check all of the signatures and wouldn't even check the sample they asked them to, even after knowing that there was a high rate of false signatures.
The homophobes need 120,577 to get on the ballot, and they submitted 137,689. There are 33,966 Larry Stickney signatures and 2058 signatures on petitions where the oath was left entirely blank, plus an unknown number from unregistered voters. If even a fraction of their claims are accepted by the court and the signatures get tossed, there won't be a ballot question about DP's in Washington in