Initiative to Legislature 432

Mark Greene, chairman of the Party of Commons, is sponsoring an initiative to the Washington Legislature which would make it easier for common citizens to run for office. We need a quarter of a million Washington registered voter signatures by New Year's Day. If we get the required number of signatures and the Legislature does not act positively towards the initiative, it will be put on the ballot for a vote of the people. Please, request a petition page and collect signatures for us, and send the ballot committee, Democracy in Election Process, a donation if you can: Democracy in Election Process, P.O. Box 612, Bellevue, WA 98009.

THE FOLLOWING IS CONDENSED FROM THE SECRETARY OF STATE'S WEBSITE WHICH SUMMARIZES THE INITITATIVE:

The following is a list of proposed initiative(s) to the 2010 Legislature filed to date with the Office of the Secretary of State. To be certified, a petition must contain the signatures of at least 241,153 registered voters. The deadline for filing petition signatures for the following initiative(s) is 5:00 p.m. December 31, 2009. Questions regarding the content of initiative(s) should be directed to the sponsor(s).

Assigned Number: 432
Filed: 04/27/2009

Sponsor
(Mark Greene)
P.O. Box 612
Bellevue, WA 98009

partyofcommons@yahoo.com

Ballot Title
Statement of Subject: Initiative Measure No. 432 concerns election candidacy petitions.

Concise Description: This measure would revise the number of registered voter signatures required to be included on petitions submitted by an indigent candidate in lieu of paying the filing fee for an elective public office.

Should this measure be enacted into law? Yes [ ] No [ ]

Ballot Measure Summary
This measure would change the number of registered voter signatures required to be filed with a petition to seek elective office where the candidate lacks sufficient assets to pay the filing fee for the office. The required number would be: 500 signatures for a statewide office, 200 for U.S. representative, and 50 for any other state or local office. The measure would require candidates to file affidavits if their claims of indigency were challenged.

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