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Tag: Secretary of State


Initiative petitions: Get ‘em while they’re still public?

A former lobbyist for the Washington Association of Realtors has coughed up $1,589 to get copies of the petition sheets from 11 citizen initiatives dating back to 2000.

I previously speculated that Bryan Wahl could be trying to get copies of old petitions while the getting’s good since the fight over Referendum 71’s petition sheets has threatened to shut down public disclosure of the names of people who sign initiatives and referenda.

R-71 sponsors say public release is a violation of petition signers’ First Amendment right to anonymous political speech. The Secretary of State’s office maintains

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The Secretary of State’s petition saga continues

When we last visited the unfolding political drama over Referendum 71, it had been revealed that the Secretary of State’s position that R-71 petitions could be released unredacted was something of a recent development.

Now comes news that the fight over R-71 petitions might have spurred an enterprising political operative to try to get copies of old initiative petitions while the getting’s good. The Secretary of State has received a request from someone trying to determine the costs of obtaining petitions for several initiatives dating back to 2000. Tim Eyman has sent a letter (pdf) to the Secretary

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