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November 5, 2013 at 7:01 AM

Eyman’s signature-gathering initiative loses

Update at 8:25 p.m.

Tim Eyman’s Initiative 517 did not pass. The measure was far behind in King County with 69 percent voting no and was losing heavily in Pierce and Snohomish counties as well.

The measure would have made signature-gathering easier.

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Washington voters today will decide on a Tim Eyman initiative that would make it easier for sponsors like him to get measures on the ballot.

Initiative 517 would give initiative sponsors an additional six months to collect signatures, make it illegal for anyone to maintain “an intimidating presence” within 25 feet of a signature gatherer, and prohibit local government from blocking votes on ballot measures.

The initiative also contains language that opponents say would vastly expand where signature gatherers could go, including inside stadiums during Seahawks and Mariners games. Proponents disagree and say current restrictions would still apply.

I-517 started out as an initiative to the Legislature. At the time, Eyman said he was working on the measure along with Edward Agazarm, longtime owner of a signature-gathering firm, and Paul Jacob, who is with an initiative-advocacy group based in Virginia called Citizens in Charge.

When lawmakers did not act on the initiative this year, it was automatically placed on the Nov. 5 ballot.

Comments | More in 2014 elections | Topics: Initiative 517, Tim Eyman


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