Backers of Referendum 71, the measure that forces a vote on expansion of gay rights recently approved by the Legislature, dropped their appeal of the ballot title.
Given how little time they have to collect signatures, they probably figured a challenge and appeal would eat up their precious days.
Here’s the word from Secretary of State Sam Reed‘s office:
FYI, the Attorney General’s Office was informed this afternoon by the judicial assistant for Thurston County Superior Court Judge Thomas McPhee that Larry Stickney has voluntarily dismissed his ballot title challenge to Referendum 71. Because the challenge has been dropped, the original wording in Referendum 71′s ballot title and ballot summary will remain in effect. The referendum’s sponsors will have to include the ballot title and ballot summary language on their signature petitions. R-71 sponsors need to turn in a minimum of 120,577 valid voter signatures by July 25.
Deputy Communications Director
Office of Secretary of State