Ride services supporters submit referendum petition signatures
Seattle voters eager for conversation on transportation options
Information provided by Seattle Citizens to Repeal Ordinance 124441
Today, supporters of the city’s mobile app ride services -- Lyft, Sidecar and Uber -- submitted over 36,000 voter signatures calling for a referendum on the recent city ordinance that would limit access to these popular services. Supporters turned in more than double the 16,510 voter signatures required to qualify the referendum for the ballot.
Today marks the final day that petitions can be received by the City Clerk’s office in order to refer the ordinance for a citywide vote.
“We’ve seen overwhelming support from voters for the referendum effort,” said Brad Harwood, spokesperson for the group. “The fact that we were able to gather more than double the required number of signatures in such a short time shows that Seattle voters clearly want to have a conversation about this issue.”
Mobile app ride service companies have stated that the new ordinance would severely limit their ability to continue providing service within the city, and thereby reduce affordable transportation choices in Seattle.
“These ride services are widely popular and provide important transportation options within the city,” said Harwood. “The recent ordinance would severely limit these options for residents and visitors alike. “
Submission of the signatures prior to today’s deadline automatically suspends the ordinance from taking effect.
“Clearly, there is a need for effective policies that will allow these services to continue to operate within the city,” continued Harwood. “We look forward to working with the Mayor and the city to find a workable solution.”
Under the Seattle City Charter 16,510 registered voter signatures, or eight percent of the total number of votes cast in the last mayoral election, are required to qualify a citizens’ referendum for the ballot. After initial inspection by the City Clerk, the petition pages will be delivered to King County Elections for verification.