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Thurston County hearing set for Tuesday afternoon


September 10, 2009

Challengers who hope to block a statewide vote on the state’s new “everything but marriage” law have been given a court date in Thurston County Superior Court for the day after Labor Day. The hearing of the lawsuit brought by Washington Families Standing Together will be before Judge Tom McPhee at 1:30 p.m. at the county courthouse in Olympia. The attorney general has just filed papers in that case, strongly defending the Secretary of State’s processing of about 138,000 voter signatures on Referendum 71 petitions. He asks the court to dismiss the challenge and allow last-minute preparations by the state and county election officials to publish the Voters’ Pamphlet and get ballots printed and ready for mailing. Military and overseas ballots have to go in the mail by Oct. 3, and other voters begin getting their ballots in the mail two weeks later.

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