The Snohomish County Elections Department performed a check on the 4,751 signatures submitted by the group Lynnwood Citizens for Fireworks and Freedom and found that only 2,195 were valid registered voters in the City of Lynnwood. The petition needed 2,708 in order to be validated by the county. The 2,708 number is based on 15 percent of citizens registered to vote during the last General Election, which was in 2013.
Snohomish County elections manager Garth Fell said the County generally advises petitioners to build in at least a 30 percent cushion.
“This was a bit higher than perhaps we normally see,” Fell said of the more than 50 percent invalid signatures.
Fell noted that there is a large population of residents with Lynnwood as its mailing address but who do not live within the City limits of Lynnwood.
A divided Lynnwood City Council voted to ban the sale and discharge of fireworks by a 4-3 vote last June with the ban scheduled to go into effect in 2015.
– By David Pan