Office of Secretary of State to conduct a full signature check on Initiative 917

News Release
Issued: July 28, 2006

Olympia...Washington Secretary of State Sam Reed announced today that Initiative 917 did not qualify for the November ballot based on the four percent random sample prescribed by state law.

Sponsors of I-917 submitted a total of 266,006 petition signatures to the Office of Secretary of State (OSOS) . Election officials conducted a random sample of 10,819 signatures, of which 9,442 were valid signatures and 1,377 were determined invalid. Signatures are invalid if the signer is not a registered voter or if he or she signed more than once. In addition, the number of duplicates found was 24.

The petition was checked using the “random sample” process authorized by state law. Under the process, a statistically valid percentage of signatures is selected at random and checked against voter registration records. A mathematical formula is then applied to the results to obtain a projected rate of invalidation. The invalidation rate includes the number of duplicates.

Election officials examined 10,819 ( or a 4% sample) on I-917. From that inspection, it was determined that the measure had an invalidation rate, including duplicates, of 17.96%.

State law requires that the OSOS now conduct a full check of every signature submitted for Initiative 917. The full check will begin immediately following the completion of the random check of Initiatives 920, 933, and 937.

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