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May 06, 2004

The signature bogeyman, again

Public-employee unions who oppose the efforts of tax-cutter Tim Eyman made the news a month ago with their telephone campaign that The Seattle Times denounced.

That campaign, or something very like it, is still going on. A reader e-mailed me today and offered to play back a recording he had just received. And there was a woman’s voice warning the listener that his signature was worth “up to $3” to a paid signature gatherer, and that “some of these paid signature gatherers have been convicted of forgery and signature fraud, and other crimes.”

Read that statement carefully. Technically what it means, I think, is that some signature gatherers have falsified signatures in an attempt to get paid more. That may be -- but it is no danger to anyone who signs. The danger there is to the initiative sponsor.

What it sounds like is a warning to the public against identity theft. It is carefully worded to sound like something other than it is, and to scare people about a threat that isn’t real.

I don’t recall any story about someone who became a crime victim by signing an initiative petition. If anyone knows of one, let me know.

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Posted by Bruce Ramsey at May 6, 2004 05:16 PM



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