Friday, July 8, is the deadline for all of the state's initiative backers to turn in 241,153 valid signatures and secure a spot on the November ballot. But out of the dozens of proposed initiatives, only two campaigns have scheduled to meet with the Secretary of State's office on Friday and turn in their signatures*.
Those include Initiative 1163, sponsored by the state's health care union, which would reinstate background checks and training requirements for long-term-care workers, and the Human-Society-sponsored Initiative 1130, which would prohibit caging egg-laying hens in ways that unduly restricts the hens’ movement (with limited exceptions).
Most notably, Costco's liquor privatization Initiative 1183 hasn't scheduled a time to turn in signatures, even though the pro-privatization group has raised roughly $1 million to support the initiative and pay signature gatherers (granted, over half of the funds are from Costco).
But the group says they're on track to meet the Friday deadline and make the ballot. "We anticipate having the signatures in by Friday," confirms Mark Funk, a spokesman for the 1-1183 campaign. "We are confident that we’ll make the number."
Dave Ammons, a spokesman for the Secretary of State's office, expects at least one more group to make Friday's deadline—Tim Eyman's I-1125, otherwise known as the bridge-tolling/transit-killing initiative.
"It'll be about an average year for us regarding the number of measures on the ballot," Ammons says.
*This isn't unusual—signature gathering is hard work. If qualifying initiatives for the ballot was easy, The Stranger would've proposed making pot brownies the state cookie, placing liquor smoothie machines—otherwise known as "margaritas"—in all gas stations, and passing a state income tax for Steve Ballmer eons ago.