Northwest NEWS

February 14, 2000

Local News

Fireworks petition ruled invalid by County

by Marshall Haley, staff reporter

   WOODINVILLE--The King County Records and Election Division has ruled invalid an initiative petition to overturn the City of Woodinville's ban on fireworks' sales and use.

   Of the 1,864 total signatures on the petition, 364 were submitted within the appropriate time frame of six months. Of those, 131 were registered Washington voters, but only nine of those were residents of Woodinville.

   The petition, captioned "Initiative 99-01," was submitted to City Clerk Sandra Steffler on Jan. 10 by a group identified as Responsible Woodinville Citizens for Fireworks. The City received a call from the County at 4 p.m. on Jan. 11, saying they had received the petition by courier, said Steffler.

   The Revised Code of Washington (RCW 35A.01.040) lists several basic requirements that applied to the petition: it must be signed by 15 percent of the total number of Woodinville voters registered for the Nov. 2, 1999 General Election, or 437 of the 2,914 voters who voted last November; petition signatures must be less than six months old.

   Steffler reported that most pages of the 114-page petition contained the maximum 20 signatures each, but only 12 of the pages and three signatures on another page were signed on or after July 10, 1999.

   If the petition had been turned in by Jan. 3, most of the pages would have been eligible for consideration, according to date, she said. However, since they were not valid by date, the county did not further check for residency eligibility of those petitioners.