We feel like we should have a news crawl on the lower-third of this website as we continually update you on the status of Washington State’s Referendum 71 signature drive. Though it’s clear some signatures were collected fraudulently to support a voter ballot to repeal the state’s “everything but marriage” bill, it’s the job of state election officials to determine the validity of each of the 137,689 names collected; 120,577 valid signatures are required.
On Wednesday, some 43,147 signatures were declared valid, with an error rate of 10.65 percent; most of the signatures rejected were due to names not being found on state voter lists. By yesterday, the tally reached 45,099, and the error rate nudged up to 10.68 percent.
Secretary of State spokesman Dave Ammons says Protect Marriage Washington’s signature dump needs to stay below 12.42 percent to have enough valid signatures. Final tallying is expected to be completed by month’s end.