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Thursday, February 18, 2010

The Argument Against Opening Initiative Signatures to Public Scrutiny

Columnist Thomas D. Elias makes his case for keeping initiative petition signatures secret here. He argues initiative signers may not realize their name will be made public as an advocate for a particular cause, and that if such information is disclosed, the individual could become a target for retaliation and retribution by political opponents.

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