November ballot will have no state initiatives, referenda or constitutional amendments

Sunday, July 9, 2017

Evan Smith
By Evan Smith

Ballots for the November 7 general election will have no statewide initiatives, referenda or constitutional amendments for the first time in more than 45 years.

The Friday deadline to submit petitions for initiatives to the people passed with no sponsor submitting petitions.

Sponsors cancelled a Friday appointment to submit petitions for an initiative to require anyone using a public restroom or locker room to use the room assigned to his or her sex at birth.

Initiative promoter Tim Eyman had said a few days earlier that his proposed property-tax cutting initiative did not have enough signatures.

A spokeswoman at the secretary of state's office said Friday that no one had taken out referendum petitions, that no initiatives to the legislature had qualified last winter and that the legislature had proposed no constitutional amendments.

The only possible statewide ballot measures would be non-binding advisory votes on tax measures passed by the 2017 Legislature.

A King County veterans and social services levy may be on November ballots around the County. The County Council is debating the size of a potential levy for the ballot.

August 1 is the deadline for local government agencies to put propositions on the November ballot. No proposals for ballots in Shoreline or Lake Forest Park have been announced.


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