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Friday, October 30, 2009

If kids could vote, Tim Eyman's I-1033 would be discarded into the rubbish bin

Secretary of State Sam Reed's office has just announced the results of the 2009 Mock Election, held in schools across Washington State this week.

If the results are any indication of how their parents are voting, next Tuesday evening could be a very exciting night for progressives.

By significant margins, participants in the Mock Election (grades six through twelve) voted NO on Tim Eyman's Initiative 1033 and voted to Approve Referendum 71. The totals were as follows:

No I-1033: 56.24%
Yes I-1033: 43.76%

Reject R-71: 41.31%
Approve R-71: 58.69%

Close to four thousand students in grades six through twelve participated in this year's Mock Election. Students in grades one through five voted on two mock ballot measures instead of the real measures on Washington's ballot. They resoundingly voted to reject Initiative A, which concerned school uniforms (wow, big surprise) and to pass Initiative B, which concerned kids picking up trash.

We at NPI congratulate Washington's kids for standing strong in favor of protecting our quality of life and extending equal rights for all. Way to go!


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