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WEDNESDAY, JUNE 10, 2009, 11 A.M.

Ref. 71: Sizing things up

David Ammons of the Washington Secretary of State's office holds a copy of Referendum 71, which must fit about 114 pages of a legislative bill onto a single sheet of paper. (Washington Secretary of State)
David Ammons of the Washington Secretary of State's office holds a copy of Referendum 71, which must fit about 114 pages of a legislative bill onto a single sheet of paper. (Washington Secretary of State)

Referendum 71 supporters have a new challenge. The size of the petitions they need to distribute for signatures.

The proposed ballot measure, which if passed in November would repeal aspects of domestic partnership passed this year by the Legislatulre, must contain all the sections of the law it seeks to change. That law covers 114 pages in the original bill, but has to fit on a single sheet for a referendum petition, state initiative rules say.

So supporters shrunk the type and printed it front and back on a super-sized piece of paper, which folds out like one of those maps you get from AAA that never get refolded quite right.

The Washington Secretary of State's office released the above photo of a petition, being held by office spokesman David Ammons.

Look for the petition at a gathering place near you. For people who believe in reading anything before they sign it, be advised: bring lunch.




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