Forward Seattle supporters this afternoon delivered what they hope are enough signatures to qualify a referendum for a public vote on the city $15 minimum wage. The group needs more than 16,500 valid voter signatures to qualify the measure for the November ballot.
City Clerk Monica Martinez Simmons said her staff likely will not finish counting the signature petitions until Monday at the earliest. Her office will then forward them to the King County Elections office to verify the signatures.
The signature-gathering effort has been clouded by allegations that paid signature gatherers have misrepresented what the referendum would do, telling some prospective signers that it would raise the minimum wage or that the city ordinance adopting the $15 minimum isn’t official yet.
King County Prosecutor Dan Satterberg today forwarded complaints of fraudulent claims by Forward Seattle signature gatherers to the Seattle City Attorney’s office and the Seattle police for investigation. Satterberg said that the allegations constitute potential gross misdemeanors and so fall under the city’s jurisdiction, not the county’s.