The high court has rejected (once again) efforts by gay marriage foes to block the release of signatures gathered on Referendum 71 petitions. As I argued in my amicus brief in support of the State of Washington’s long-standing Public Disclosure Act, signatures on petitions to qualify ballot measures should be in the public domain.
The Court’s order is here. Not surprising, Justice Alito favored a stay, again putting him at odds with the other justices.
A DVD of the 138,000 individuals who signed Referendum 71 costs $15 (plus shipping costs). It can be purchased through the State Archives, which can be reached at (360) 586-1492 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
I’ve coauthored this paper, forthcoming in Political Behavior, which uses signatures on ballot petitions in Arkansas and Florida to measure the effect of signing a ballot petition on voter turnout. I have another coauthored paper in the works that examines who actually signs ballot petitions.