Ref 71 Qualifies by the skin of its teeth

Today the Washington Secretary of State released its verification information.  With a super slim margin, the referendum has enough signatures to appear on the Nov 3 ballot.  

The next step is that the secretary of state will certify (or not).  There is currently a lawsuit pending which could prevent its certification.

The secretary of state’s office said Monday that sponsors of Referendum 71 had 121,486 valid petition signatures – enough to put the newly expanded domestic partnership law to a public vote.

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The referendum requires 120,577 valid signatures. They got 121,486. Thats a margin of only 909 signatures

Additional re-checking will be done of the rejected signatures, so that margin could rise. Talk about the skin of your teeth..

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