Bag ban petition is in limbo
September 17, 2013
By Peter Clark
More than 1,500 signatures are invalid, county says
King County has preliminarily invalidated more than 1,500 signatures from the bag ban appeal Sept. 13.
In a letter sent to City Clerk Tina Eggers and Save Our Choice co-founder Craig Keller, King County Voter Services Program Manager Julie Wise wrote that the submitted petition had failed the department’s first review. However, it has still not released an official certificate of insufficiency.
Save Our Choice has sought to bring the recent ban on plastic bags to a public referendum, discontent that it passed through the City Council without receiving a larger vote.
“Currently, of the 3,687 signatures submitted and reviewed, 2,121 were determined to be registered voters of King County within the city of Issaquah,” Wise wrote. “Since that number does not meet the required 2,549, the petition is insufficient.”
The county will review the signatures again before issuing the certificate of insufficiency. County Communications Manager Kim van Ekstrom said that could happen by Sept. 20.
If the county does take that step, the petitioners have 10 days to add more signatures and resubmit the petition for approval, according to the Initiative and Referendum Guide for Washington City and County charters. If the county finds it insufficient a second time, the petition fails and the drive for signatures must begin anew.
Keller, the primary drive behind the appeal, had hoped for a citizen-led referendum to decide the fate of the ordinance. He said he was not fazed by the county’s preliminary count.
“We’re not done yet,” Keller said. “So, I think we need a couple hundred, and my bottom line is to encourage everyone that still wants to sign it to download the petition and send it in, ASAP.”
Learn more at saveourchoice.wordpress.com.