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Wednesday, August 02, 2006

BREAKING: I-920 officially qualifies

As expected, Initiative 920 (repeal of the estate tax) has officially qualified for the ballot. The Secretary of State has finished the random sample check:
Sponsors of Initiative 920 submitted a total of 395,219 petition signatures to the Secretary of State. Election officials conducted a random sample of 12,059 signatures, of which 10,514 were valid signatures –1,535 were determined invalid. Signatures are invalid if the signer is not a registered voter or if he or she signed more than once.

The petition was checked using the “random sample” process authorized by state law. Under the process, a statistically valid percentage of the signatures are selected at random and checked against voter registration records. A mathematical formula is then applied to the results to obtain a projected rate of invalidation.

Election officials examined 12,059 (a 3% percent sample) on Initiative 920. From that inspection, it was determined that the measure had an invalidation rate of 15.45 percent.
We've known for months this piece of garbage was headed for the ballot. Now we need to roll up our sleeves, get to work, and defeat it.

UPDATE: David Postman confirms that the Seattle Times Company is involved in the Yes on I-920 campaign.

Apparently Frank Blethen wants the estate tax repealed so badly that he's willing to associate his company with someone as despicable as Dennis Falk. How much do you want to bet the Seattle Times endorses I-920 in November?

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