Letters to the Editor

Your views in 200 words or less

INITIATIVES: Bill is sensible consumer protection

Letter by Erika Hitt-Haws, Olympia on Feb. 22, 2011 at 2:58 pm with 1 Comment »
February 22, 2011 3:04 pm

Re: “Initiative reform: First, show us the problem” (editorial, 2-17).

If you knew a storm was coming, would you board up your house? Would you go to the store beforehand to make sure you had provisions?

That’s exactly what state Rep. Chris Reykdal’s bill on ballot measures is doing.

Oregon has seen terrible abuses to its initiative system. It’s caught paid signature gatherers holding fraud parties. Just last year, three signature gatherers were charged with ID theft. A quick search found that Montana, Arizona, Missouri, Nebraska, Colorado, Florida and Maine have all seen similar cases of fraud and forgery.

After last year – with six initiatives on the ballot and paid signature gatherers at every big box store – Reykdal is just preparing for what may be the big storm.

What’s to stop signature gatherers from coming to Washington to gather signatures, stealing ID and then leaving after turning in what they collected? Reykdal’s bill makes sure we can track people down and hold them accountable.

I’m on the side of consumer protection. This bill makes me more feel more comfortable that my information is safe and secure when I sign a petition.

Leave a comment Comments → 1
  1. harleyrider1 says:

    Regardless of whether you, or I, or thousands of people from New jersey gather signatures – only registered voters vote to enact or not enact the law.

    That said, why is it so important to focus on “who” gathers signatures to put something on the ballet? It would only be to prevent getting enough signatures so the people (a phrase from the Constitution) can vote on something.


We welcome comments. Please keep them civil, short and to the point. ALL CAPS, spam, obscene, profane, abusive and off topic comments will be deleted. Repeat offenders will be blocked. Thanks for taking part and abiding by these simple rules.

JavaScript is required to post comments.

Follow the comments on this post with RSS 2.0