by Jack Mayne
King County Superior Court Judge Andrea Darvas on Monday reversed the decision of the SeaTac City Clerk’s “issuance of the Final Certificate of Sufficiency” because the initiative proposing the new ordinance “Is not supported by the required number of valid signatures of registered voters.”
The proposed ordinance was placed on the November ballot by the SeaTac Council. The judges’ decision removes the path for the ballot process but the exact procedures now for the city are unclear. Another immediate question is whether those who circulated petitions gathering the signatures can go out again now and get added valid signatures is also unclear.
Judge Darvas said SeaTac and the SeaTac city clerk “are prohibited, and must desist and refrain, from sending the initiative measure to King County,” and must “take whatever actions are required to withdraw and remove the measure from processing by the King County Elections Department,” and “instructing the supervisor of city elections not to place the measure on the ballot.”
The just also said “the parties are in agreement that, if the 61 signatures of persons who signed the petition more than once are stricken, then to date the initiative sponsors have failed to present the requisite number of valid signatures to have the initiative presented to the voters at the general election in November.
Judge Darvas wrote that “for this reason, the initiative opponents are entitled to the relief they seek,” which is halting the course of the measure to the ballot.
“The court wishes to emphasize that its decision in this matter has nothing whatsoever to do with the substance of the initiative itself,” Judge Darvas wrote. “The court’s decision rests solely upon the plain statutory mandate of RCW 35A.01.040(7) …”
To read the full decision, click here (PDF file).
This is a developing story which we are following closely…