Let’s see, that means at $2 apiece, Tim Eyman‘s legions will need to be paid $482,306 to secure a place on the ballot this fall.
“The required number of signatures for a citizen initiative to the ballot this year is 241,153, which, under state law, is the required 8 percent of the total number of votes cast in the November 2008 gubernatorial race,” Secretary of State spokesman Brian Zylstra said in a news release.
A referendum takes half that number of signatures, but they only get about half as much time to gather them.
By the way, for the last four years it took 224,880 valid signatures on petitions to win a spot on the ballot, and 112,440 for each referendum.
Washington’s initiative season opens January 5
OLYMPIA…If you want to put a citizen initiative on the ballot, you can take your first step starting on Monday, January 5.
That’s the first day to file initiatives to the people. Petitions for such initiatives this year must be turned in by July 3. Under state law, initiatives to the people must be filed with the Secretary of State at least four months before the date of the General Election.