Early results from the Tuesday, Nov. 3, general election showed the Eyman-sponsored initiative targeting property taxes looking weak, while a statewide measure concerning responsibilities of state-registered domestic partners showed a small lead for approval.
Initiative Measure 1033, which would have capped government revenues at inflation and population growth, was in trouble, with 55 percent ‘no’ vote statewide, according to the Washington Secretary of State’s office. That move had drawn criticism as an unfair burden for local governments. The city councils of Carnation and Snoqualmie and the Snoqualmie Valley School Board passed resolutions urging voters to turn it down.
Referendum Measure 71, which spells out state rights for domestic partners, was approved by 51 percent as of Wednesday.
Results for about 250,000 mail ballots were posted Tuesday evening by the King County Elections Department. The counted ballots represent about one quarter of the total number mailed to King County voters. Although ballots have been slow to come in, King County Elections is predicting a 56 percent voter turnout.
The next ballot results will be announced on Wednesday at 4:30 p.m., and each weekday throughout the week until all ballots have been processed and counted.
King County Elections will certify the vote on Nov. 24. More information can be found at www.kingcounty.gov/elections.