A lawsuit challenging the certification of Initiative 1000 has been filed in Thurston County Superior Court by Kan Qiu, president of American Coalition for Equality (ACE), and two other members of the organization. Initiative I-1000 intends to bring back race based discrimination which has been banned since 1998 when nearly 59% of voters in Washington State voted to pass Initiative 200.
The legal action, naming Secretary of State Kim Wyman as defendant in her official capacity, is supported by American Coalition for Equality (ACE), a non-profit organization focusing on promoting equality for all Americans.
Mr. Qiu stated, “The I-1000 certification process is full of irregularities and we demand a transparent review of the signatures and the petition sheets.”
“The sponsors of I-1000 attached a sticker altering the front of the different initiative petitions after the petitions were signed and before turning them in as supporting I-1000. The Secretary of State wrongly counted the signatures on those different initiative petitions as valid signatures in support of I-1000. “Mr. Qiu said, “We can’t allow the Secretary of State to set this bad precedent and rock the foundation of our initiative process.”
According to the filed court documents, there are other issues ranging from questionable signatures, to the validity of their sampling practice. “Hopefully, we can get to the bottom of these irregularities through our justice system.” Mr. Qiu continued.
[UPDATE: PRESS RELEASE – THE SECRETARY OF STATE FAILED TO COMPLY WITH WAC REQUIREMENT AND HAS NO VALID BASIS TO CERTIFY I-1000 ]
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