Should petition signatures be public or private?

At the Lucy Burns Institute, we are always happy when a story hits the trifecta (judges, ballot measures and state sunshine laws) like this one does.

Judge Richard Hicks, a judge in Washington’s Thurston County Superior Court has granted Tim Eyman’s request not to release signatures on Washington Initiative 1033 under the Washington Public Records Act.

Richard Winger predicts that the Ninth Circuit is unlikely to rule in favor of signature privacy.

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