The initiative did not reach the threshold of verified signatures necessary to appear on the November ballot, but over 100,000 voters signed that they want universal healthcare which sends a clear and urgent message to our legislators.
Highs and lows marked the months long I-1600 campaign. Highs included working with Progressive Coders to create a Savings Estimator to calculate personalized yearly costs/savings, garnering endorsements from key organizations like the Washington State Democratic Party and the League of Women Voters Washington, and collecting signatures at energized events like the March for Our Lives, Keep Families Together rallies, and Pride events across the state. Lows included the loss of a founder and beloved Chair Kathy Angel to cancer in the last few weeks of the campaign.
The campaign did not use paid-signature gatherers and had no paid staff. Even the volunteer campaign director collected signatures, easily 1000 alone.
Whole Washington wants to hear your ideas for moving forward and pushing further. We will be planning an event shortly. Stay tuned!