Re: “Initiative reform: First, show us the problem” (editorial, 2-17).
I don’t know why anyone’s constitutional right to collect signatures on petitions is violated by requiring registration. In my opinion, people who are not Washington state voters have no such rights.
Nor should they have any rights to anonymity. We certainly don’t let our state legislators submit legislation or cast votes anonymously. Therefore people who set themselves up as citizen legislators, making laws that they expect the rest of us to obey, shouldn’t be allowed to be anonymous either.
Fraud is very common, though difficult to actually prosecute. I myself witnessed paid signature gatherers at Seattle Center last year folding petitions so that the text of the marijuana initiative was visible on one side, but the signature sheet from another petition was on the other. No consequences ensued.
Who calls this democracy?