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July 28, 2006

Eyman's I-917 fails random signature check

Posted by David Postman at 10:08 AM

Secretary of State Sam Reed just announced that "Initiative 917 did not qualify for the November ballot based on the 4 percent random sample prescribed by state law." It could still make it, though.

The initiative is Tim Eyman's latest attempt at cutting car tab taxes. Eyman has claimed signatures were lost or stolen, which Reed has said is ridiculous. Eyman submitted 266,006 signatures but claimed he had submitted more than 300,000.

The sampling found an invalidation rate, including 24 duplicate signatures, of 17.96 percent. State law now requires Reed to to do a full signature count of the petitions submitted by Eyman.

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