Election aftermath: Washington's liquor privatization and long-term care initiatives passing, toll initiative is too close to call

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November 9, 2011


By Bailey Ludlam

OLYMPIA, Washington: Official election results remain pending and one initiative remains much too close to call.

Four of the five measures appear to be approved by Washington State voters, including two citizen initiatives.

Initiative 1163, also known as the "long-term care initiative" calls for reenacting background checks, training, and certain other requirements for long-term care workers and providers. The measure was supported by the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) and raised an estimated $1.6 million in support. An August 2011 poll by pollster Stuart Elway revealed that 77 percent of surveyed voters support the proposed initiative, while 9 percent oppose it and 14 percent are undecided.[1]

Also, appearing to have been approved on Tuesday night was Initiative 1183. The measure called for closing state liquor stores and allowing state licensing of private parties. Privately owned stores would be required to have at least 10,000 square feet of retail space to sell and distribute liquor.[2] It also called for a 17 percent fee from retailers on all liquor sales, as well as other fees from distributors. Similar measures were featured on 2010's ballot but were defeated by voters. I-1183 is estimated to have raised more than $14 million in favor of the measure.

Both state legislative referrals - SJR 8205 and 8206 - were approved by more than 65%.

Only one measure remains pending - Initiative 1125. Proposed by Tim Eyman, the initiative would prohibit gas tax and toll revenues to be diverted to non-transportation purposes. As of 12 am CT, results reveal: 49.07% in favor of the measure and 50.93% against.

Click on each measure for more details, including election results:

Type Title Subject Description Result
ITP Initiative 1125 Taxes Prohibits gas tax and toll revenues to be diverted to non-transportation purposes Defeatedd
ITP Initiative 1163 Taxes Reenacts background checks, training for long-term care workers Approveda
ITP Initiative 1183 Alcohol Would close state liquor stores; allow state licensing of private parties Approveda
LRCA SJR 8205 Elections Removes a provision about the length of time a voter must reside in Washington to vote for president or vice president Approveda
LRCA SJR 8206 State budgets Would require the transfer of additional funds to the budget stabilization account if the state has received "extraordinary revenue growth" Approveda
Official results will be posted as soon as they are available.

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