Petition signatures made public will have a chilling effect on initiative process

Thu, Dec 10 2009 by Anonymous

We’ve previously blogged about the attempts out in Washington state to make public the names and information of citizens who sign petitions. Unfortunately, that may be happening here in Northern Virginia as well. This article in the Sun Gazette newspaper explains how in Arlington, VA the petition signatures are public record if requested. The referendum issue referred to in the article may not be high-profile but it sets a precedent that could ultimately have a chilling effect on those trying to petition their government in the future.