Just-released reports from county elections officials show that opposition to Tim Eyman’s I‑1366 is increasing across Washington State, driving the initiative’s level of support down below 54%, which is where it stood at the end of last night.
Voters in Martin Luther King Jr. County, the state’s largest population center, are powering the gains by saying NO to I‑1366 more loudly than they did last night.
The 4:21 PM report from King County Elections shows that opposition to I‑1366 in King now stands at 58.68%, up from 57.54% last night. That is a very nice one-day improvement, and we hope to see a similar jump tomorrow.
However, King County voters aren’t the only ones helping to drive Eyman’s numbers down. I‑1366 is also losing ground in important swing counties:
- In Snohomish County, the NO vote increased to 43.44%, up from 42.62%
- In Whatcom county, the NO vote increased to 48.78%, up from 47.98%
- In Spokane County, the NO vote increased to 41.18%, up from 40.47%
- In Pierce County, the NO vote increased to 40.80%, up from 40.77%.
- In Clark County, the NO vote increased to 43.13%, up from 42.99%.
This is good news too. The trend is certainly encouraging. But there may simply not be enough late votes against I‑1366 to kill it in the court of public opinion.
Even if there aren’t, it’s very satisfying to see I‑1366 losing ground. We definitely made a difference by working hard with our coalition partners to ensure that I‑1366 was met with determined opposition. If we have to go to court to finish off this abomination, we will. We’ll never stop fighting to defend our Constitution and our common wealth from Tim Eyman’s destructive initiative factory.