Voter petitions should be public records, the Senate voted tonight, stepping into an area being considered by the U.S. Supreme Court.
The names and addresses of people who sign to get initiatives and referenda on the ballot would be publicly available under the bill, which passed the Senate 28-20.
“They have been made public repeatedly in our state’s past. They are public record. This bill underscores that,” said Sen. Joe McDermott, D-Seattle.
The Supreme Court is due to consider the dispute over whether signatures of Referendum 71, the challenge to the “everything but marriage” law, should be public. …