‘Everything But Marriage’ Referendum a Close CallAugust 13th, 2009 by Steven Gardner
Washington Secretary of State Sam Reed’s office has been stellar in providing daily updates on the prospects of Referendum 71 having enough valid signatures to be on the November ballot.
As of now it’s too close to call.
The referendum would overturn legislation that extended to same-sex partners all the rights married couples enjoy, except for the right to call their relationship a marriage.
Supporters of the referendum want that law overturned. They gathered 137,689 signatures to get the question on the ballot. They need 120,577 of those to be valid to be up for the November election. That means no more than 12.4 percent of the signatures can be tossed out.
As of Wednesday night the state had counted 48,289 ballots. Of those, 5,142 have been rejected. If you’re scoring at home, that’s 10.6 percent. So far, so good for referendum supporters, meaning those who don’t want gay couples to have the same rights as straight married couples.
The rate of duplicate signatures is expected to rise as the counting continues, so that means a higher percentage of the remaining 89,400 signatures to be counted would be tossed.
The link at the top gives you access to the state’s updates.