Election officials in Washington state said late last week they had identified approximately 1,000 fraudulent signatures submitted on petitions seeking a ballot referendum to overturn the state’s new marriage equality law.
The fraudulent signatures were discovered on 48 disputed petitions, all linked to a single paid signature gatherer working on behalf of the “Preserve Marriage Washington” campaign, according to the Seattle Times.
The secretary of state’s office is now conducting the process of verifying a 3 percent random sample of the 247,331 signatures turned in last week for Referendum 74.
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