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It’s official: PUD will be on ballot

“They have reached sufficiency,” Island County Auditor Sheilah Crider said of the 224 pages of signatures submitted by People for Yes on Whidbey PUD Wednesday.

The group was vying to place a measure on November’s ballot for the formation of a public utility district, or local control of electricity, to depose the Bellevue-based Puget Sound Energy.

They needed a minimum of 2,392 signatures. Last-minute petitions flooded campaign director David Metheny’s inbox and they reached 3,200 Tuesday night.

A staff of four worked through Thursday afternoon, verifying signatures and invalidating those that were illegible, duplicated or from people who signed from out of town.

By 1 p.m., 2,466 signatures were found valid.

An emotional Metheny said Wednesday that he was taking the weekend off after the last-minute drive to gather signatures.

“I’m glad we go to this point. It was time to quit asking people to do things for us and to do it ourselves,” he said.

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