I-1639 petition flaw: can anyone fix it?

I-1639 petition flaw: can anyone fix it?

Washington Secretary of State Kim Wyman is in a dilemma over Initiative 1639. If enacted by voters this fall, I-1639 would impose tougher background checks, firearms training requirements, and higher age limits for purchasers of assault rifles, among other provisions. Certainly the proposal to put curbs on gun ownership to improve public safety should go to voters in our state. But that isn’t the problem. What is a problem is that I-1639 petitions – signed by more than 360,000 voters and filed with the Office of Secretary of State for verification – look flawed. Today’s top news by email The local news you need to start your day Recaptcha requires verification. I’m not a robot reCAPTCHA Privacy – Terms Wyman says the law requires a readable copy of the initiative text on the back of petitions. But the I-1639 language was in a tiny, hard-to-read font, which leaves her “concerned” that a precedent is set if she ignores it. The second-term Republican said the petitions also failed to clearly mark initiative language that would be new in state law if I-1639 passes. The standard is for initiatives to underline any new language and to run a line through any wording to be repealed. Unfortunately the secretary of state is declining to take any action. Wyman says state law lets her reject petitions only in cases where too few signatures are collected, when a deadline for collecting and filing signatures is missed, or the front sides of petitions lack a […]

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