More signatures needed to qualify initiatives

There’s a bit a bad news today for those planning to push an initiative in 2013: you’re going to need to turn in more signatures to get on the ballot.

The Secretary of State’s Office announced today the minimum number of valid signatures of registered voters needed to qualify a measure will be 246,372, up from the current figure of 241,153.

The minimum for a referendum is climbing too. It will be 123,186, up from 120,577.

Here’s the reason, as explained in a memo from Patrick McDonald, assistant to Secretary of State Sam Reed:

In accordance with Article II, Section 1 of the Washington State Constitution and RCW 29A.72.150, the number of signatures of legal voters on a petition measure is determined by the total votes cast for the office of Governor at the preceding election. Signature petitions for initiatives must be equal to or exceed eight percent of the total governor vote and four percent for a referendum.

If you want to do the math, the total number of votes cast for the office of governor in last month’s election was 3,079,639.

More in Local News

Army nurse from Everett has vivid memories of ‘forgotten war’

Barbara Jean Nichols, 95, served near the front lines in Korea and Vietnam, and in Germany.

In county overdose crisis, nasal spray has saved 100 lives

About 900 local law enforcement officers have been trained to use naloxone to revive opioid users.

Second former student files abuse claim against teacher

The woman says Cascade High School’s Craig Verver had sexual contact with her on campus.

Man arrested after allegedly threatening people near EvCC

The community college was briefly on lockdown Thursday morning.

Edmonds to add bike lanes in two areas

Crews will begin the first phase of work Thursday and Friday, weather permitting.

Woman fatally shot at home near Everett

Another woman and three children, who were also in the home, were not injured.

Woman injured after losing control of her pickup

A 50-year-old woman was injured Tuesday after her pickup lost… Continue reading

Serial killer wannabe admits trying to kill man she met online

She told police she planned to rip out her victim’s heart and eat it — and would continue killing.

Boy stuck in child care instead of going to school

District says it can no longer provide transportation for the special-needs student.

Most Read