Signatures on Costco-backed liquor measure check out

  • Jerry Cornfield
  • Monday, July 12, 2010 9:56am
  • Local News

Sponsors of Initiative 1100, one of two ballot measures to get the state out of the business of selling booze, have collected enough signatures to go before voters.

The announcement came Friday though it won’t be officially placed on the November ballot until Secretary of State Sam Reed certifies the signature count.

I-1100 backers, aided by serious funding support from Costco, turned in 396,000 signatures of which at least 241,000 needed to be from registered voters.

With the sizable sum, Reed’s office conducted a sample check of 3 percent. Of the 12,124 signatures sampled, 10,835 or 89 percent were valid and 1,289 or 11 percent were found to be invalid for one reason or another. That percentage is more than high enough to ensure the final total will exceed what’s needed to qualify.

Petitions for a competing measure, Initiative 1105, are in the queue to be counted in the next few weeks.

In the meantime, Survey USA and KING5 teamed up for a poll on attitudes toward privatizing liquor. The survey of 545 people was done July 7 and 8.

You can find results here and Seattlepi.com’s Chris Grygiel writes of it here.

Poll results show a majority of people trust both the government and the private sector to be responsible in the selling of liquor. However, more folks trust the government (65 percent) than the private sector (56 percent).

Most people, 80 percent, said they wouldn’t buy more booze if privatization goes through. And about half polled thought prices would fall and sales statewide would stay the same as they are today. However, a third thought more booze would be sold if private stores could sell it.

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