Envision Spokane, the organization promoting a “Community Bill of Rights” for the city, says it will turn in the signatures Wednesday morning for its petitions to put the proposed charter change on the November ballot.
The group needs at least 2,795 valid signatures from registered city voters…which, when compared to the threshhold for state intitiatives may not sound like much.
The groups press release says it has gathered 5,000 signatures, which sounds like a pretty good cushioni. But gathering signatures for a city ballot measure is always challenging because it all depends on how the signature taker asks the question.
And when one relies on volunteers, one can’t always be sure of the outcome.
“Are you a registered voter?” isn’t enough, because there are plenty of them that won’t work.
“Are you a registered voter in the city?” sounds pretty good, except that Spokane Valley, Airway Heights, Cheney and many other cities have registered voters often found in the city of Spokane at various times of the day.
“Are you a registered voter in the City of Spokane?” is the best way to ask.
They’ll be at the east entrance to City Hall at 10 a.m. Wednesday, after turning in petitions.