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    Flaming Liberal for Jesus

    If supporters of any measure want to petition to have that measure put to a referendum, then yes, their names and addresses should be disclosed.  Signing a petition is not the same as voting.  When you vote on an issue you can be assured that there are people voting differently than you and the entire voter registration has plenty of checks and balances to protect against fraud.  A petition, on the other hand, is designed to show that there is sufficient public support on an issue to merit putting it to a vote.  If the petitioners names aren't public, it's awfully hard to ensure that each signature represents a legitimate supporter of that issue.

    When you sign a petition you are signaling that you want to put something up to a public vote - that you want to have a public debate on the issue.

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