Fraudulent Signatures Found in Effort to Block Marriage Equality in Washington State
Fraudulent signatures have been found among more than 200,000 turned in last week by Protect Marriage Washington toward a ballot measure overturning the state's marriage equality law, but not enough to significantly affect the amount necessary to do so, Q13FOX reports:
Preserve Marriage Washington, blocked the gay marriage law signed by Gov. Chris Gregoire last Wednesday by submitting an estimated 232,000 signatures — nearly 100,000 more than the 120,577 minimum -- to get a referendum on the November ballot. On Monday, the Secretary of State’s office said at least 51 of the petition sheets containing about 1,000 signatures were found to be “apparently fraudulent.” Petition fraud is a class C Felony punishable by up to 5 years in prison and a $10,000 fine.