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Tuesday, August 08, 2006

I-937 officially qualifies for the ballot

Three statewide initiatives have so far qualified for the ballot, the latest being Initiative 937. The Secretary of State has finished the random sample check:
Sponsors of Initiative 937 submitted a total of 337,804 petition signatures to the Secretary of State. Election officials conducted a random sample of 10,334 signatures, of which 9,094 were valid signatures – 1,240 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 10,334 (a 3 percent sample) on Initiative 937. From that inspection, it was determined that the measure had an invalidation rate of 23.96 percent.
The Yes on I-937 campaign issued a statement explaining why it's so important that I-937 is on the ballot this year:
"As Washington's demand for energy grows, we can choose where we get our electricity," said Yes on 937 communications director Bryan Flint. "We can either burn more fossil fuels like coal that pollute the air, or we can use more clean, affordable renewable energy like wind and solar power – produced here in Washington. We are proud to be a constructive initiative — the only one on the November ballot aimed at building a positive future for Washington residents."
This is the one ballot measure that we can actually support this year. To learn more, visit the website of Washingtonians for Energy Security.

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