State voters to decide fate of the 'initiative on initiatives'

PUYALLUP, Wash. -- In two weeks voters will decide the fate of Tim Eyman's I-517, which has been called the initiative on initiatives.

I-517 is Tim Eyman's effort to bolster the initiative process and would give campaigns one year instead of the current six months to gather signatures.

Every measure that gets enough qualified signatures will go to the ballot without government interference, and signature gatherers would be protected from harassment.

"I just don't want to be harassed by people," said paid signature gatherer Steve Williams.

Many people outside of the Pierce County City building said they don't mind seeing signature gatherers.

"I don't think it's really a problem as long as they're not blocking traffic," said Mike Moran. "I think people have a right to be where they want to be."

Rachel Douglas shared a similar sentiment.

"I think a person has a right to petition. That's part of our freedom," she said.

I-517 opponents are waging a war on television, claiming in ads that signature gatherers will have free reign to go wherever they want, including zoos, libraries and inside stadiums. Despite the ads, many people are still undecided on the initiative.

The initiative was originally sent to the legislature, but since no action was taken, it was sent on to the people for a vote.