Yesterday I got one of those annoying computer-generated phone calls from a sham group calling itself the "Voter Education Committee", urging me not to sign any ballot initiative petitions from a paid signature gatherer, on the grounds that
some of these paid signature gatherers have been convicted of forgery, signature fraud and other crimes. They may say anything to gain your signature.The Seattle Times reports that the "Voter Education Committee" is an unregistered fictitious name for the Washington State Council of County and City Employees and that
Chris Dugovich, the union's president and executive, acknowledged it is not known that any signature gatherers involved in current petition drives have been convicted of crimes. But he said the union wanted voters to be aware of the potential for abuse when people gather signatures for a living.It's nice of the public employee unions to be concerned for your welfare, isn't it?
The recorded phone message doesn't mention this, but the public employees are mainly concerned about stopping I-864, a property tax reduction measure sponsored by Tim Eyman.
There are, however, petitions for other ballot initiatives in circulation, including some that will create more jobs for public employees. For example, I-884, which would raise the sales tax and shovel a billion more dollars a year into the unaccountable black hole of the public education system, and Referendum 55, which aims to outlaw charter schools in order to keep more low-income children trapped in the underperforming and unaccountable black hole of the public education system. DO NOT SIGN EITHER PETITION.
Signature gatherers for R-55 and I-884 could steal your identity, break into your home, kill your spouse, rape your dog, give you the Ebola virus, defecate in your kitchen sink and install kiddie-porn on your hard drive. We do not yet have bullet-proof confirmation that all of these signature gatherers have been convicted of cannibalism, but the public employee union folks have demonstrated that they don't have any integrity, so why take a chance?
In the meantime, please be sure to sign the petitions for the following worthy state initiatives, all of whose signature gatherers are decent, law-abiding citizens:Posted by Stefan Sharkansky at May 07, 2004 10:10 AM