On Thursday (July 20), representatives from ‘Respect Washington’ delivered to the City of Burien more petition signatures for the “Initiative Petition to REPEAL Burien’s ‘Sanctuary City’ Ordinance 651.”
The Burien City Clerk delivered the signed petitions to King County Elections at noon, the City announced.
It is unknown at this time how many additional signatures were gathered.
This new petition asks that an ordinance repealing Ordinance 651 be submitted to a vote of the registered voters of the City of Burien.
Previously, 4,181 petition signatures submitted were compared against voter registration signatures and address information on file with the County Election office, and of those, 3,119 were determined to be registered voters of King County in the City of Burien. Because that number did not meet the requirement of 3,643 valid signatures to certify, on July 15 the County determined that the petition was insufficient by 524 signatures.
King County Elections has ten days to verify the signatures and make a decision on the sufficiency of the petition (RCW 35.17.280).
Read our extensive previous coverage of this issue here.
More information about Ordinance 651:
- Ordinance 651: An ordinance of the City of Burien, Washington, adding a Chapter 2.26 to the Burien Municipal Code relating to ascertaining immigration status or religion as it relates to the public health and safety of the residents of the city of Burien
- Immigration Status Ordinance: Working to Build Trust between the City, Police, and Community (Burien Magazine, Spring 2017) (English and Spanish)
- City of Burien Ordinance Works to Build Trust among the City, Police, and Community: Statement on the City of Burienâ€™s Immigration Status Ordinance No. 651 and President Trumpâ€™s Executive Order: Enhancing Public Safety in the Interior of the United States (Press Release)
- Letter from Monica Lusk, City Clerk to Julie Wise, Director, King County Records and Elections regarding Burien Initiative No. 1 to Repeal City of Burien Ordinance 651
- Letter from Craig Keller, co-founder, Respect Washington regarding delivery of petitions to Burien City Hall