Idaho Advocacy Group Sues To Get More Time For Ballot Measure Signature Gathering
An Idaho group that hopes to put a public school funding initiative on the November ballot is asking a federal judge for extra time to collect signatures.
“What we’re calling for is an extension of the deadline for collecting ballot initiative signatures and also for the permission to collect signatures online,” Reclaim Idaho’s Luke Mayville said.
Idaho’s signature gathering window was interrupted in mid-March due to coronavirus restrictions. Mayville says Gov. Brad Little made the right decision to stop in-person signature gathering, but he says it took 48 days away from his group’s time to solicit signatures.
“Our lawsuit argues, very convincingly, that the governor and the secretary of state violated our First Amendment rights by not providing safe means for us to collect signatures during this pandemic,” Mayville said.
Reclaim Idaho wants the state to spend an additional $170 million for public schools. The initiative would raise that money by setting Idaho’s corporate tax rate at eight-percent and increasing the state’s marginal tax rate for people who make more than $250,000 a year.
Mayville hopes the group will be allowed to argue its case by late June, in hopes that it can collect signatures the latter half of the summer.
The Idaho attorney general’s office declined to comment on the lawsuit.
Copyright 2020 Spokane Public Radio. To see more, visit spokanepublicradio.org
Legislation making it more difficult to get initiatives or referendums on ballots is heading to the governor, who has hinted of a possible veto. The House voted 51-18 on Wednesday to approve the measure backers said is needed because the current process favors urban voters. It passed the Senate 26-9 last month. Those numbers are enough to overcome a veto. Continue Reading Idaho Legislature Passes Bill Aimed At Making Citizen Initiatives Harder To Get On Ballot
An Idaho House panel approved legislation Monday making it more difficult to get initiatives or referendums on ballots in what is widely seen as a rural vs. urban issue. Continue Reading Idaho Lawmakers Move Closer To Making It Harder To Get Initiatives On The Ballot
On Thursday, the state Supreme Court struck down Initiative 976, a measure Washington voters approved last November to reduce the cost of annual vehicle licensing fees. The measure has been on hold for nearly a year as legal challenges worked their way through the court system. Continue Reading Washington Supreme Court Unanimously Strikes Down I-976, Tim Eyman’s $30 Car Tab Initiative