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Support for R-74 on Orcas

The Orcas LGBT community publicly joined the Island’s July 4th Community Parade to show their support for Referendum 74. It was the first time that the Orcas LGBT community social group – Out on Orcas – has made a political statement. Read about it in the Seattle Times/UW Election Eye.


I-1240 Has Only A Handful of Contributors

As of July 14, 2012, the “Yes on I-1240″ campaign had raised $2,316,590.91, according to the Washington State Public Disclosure Commission. Most of that was spent getting signatures on the ballot; current expenses were $2,174,400.81.

The campaign might be more accurately named the Microsoftie/Amazon Millionaires Initiative:

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SOS To Begin I-1185 Signature Check On July 16

According to the Washington Secretary of State, Tim Eyman’s latest initiative, I-1185, contained 320,003 signatures. In order to be placed on the ballot, 241,153 of those signatures must be valid.

The total also exceeds the 25 percent buffer over the minimum signatures that elections officials suggest campaigns collect to account for invalid signatures, including duplicates, signatures from people who aren’t registered and signatures that don’t match the signature in the voter registration record.

To validate the signatures, the SOS staff first checks a 3 percent random sample (9,600 signatures). If the percentage of rejected signatures is below the buffer, then the measure qualifies for the ballot.


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