Besides tolls, county voted in line with state

Newly released data show consensus among local districts

By Stephanie Rice, Columbian Vancouver city government reporter

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photoHow Clark County voted: Click on chart to enlarge

Tim Eyman’s anti-tolling initiative, which was favored by voters in Clark County but failed statewide, was the exception on November’s ballot.

On two other initiatives and two constitutional amendments, voters in Clark County went along with the rest of the state.

This week, the Secretary of State’s office released election results by legislative district and county. In the accompanying chart, the figures represent Clark County residents by district.

While the 17th and 49th Districts lie exclusively in Clark County, the 15th District includes residents in Klickitat, Skamania and Yakima counties and the 18th District includes residents in southern Cowlitz County.

Redistricting efforts are under way to redraw the boundaries of all 49 legislative districts and to reflect the new 10th Congressional District Washington gained as a result of a population jump of nearly 1 million between 2000 and 2010.

Eyman’s I-1125 would have forced the Legislature to approve tolls, instead of allowing a commission to decide. It had bipartisan opposition, including Republican gubernatorial candidate Rob McKenna.

Even in the county’s most liberal district, the 49th, which includes Vancouver residents who live west of Interstate 205, voters favored the initiative, 17,299 to 13,929.

In liberal King County the measure was easily defeated with 64 percent of residents voting no.

Agree with majority

On the other ballot measures, however, Clark County voters agreed with King County voters and the majority of voters statewide.

Initiative 1163, which includes 75 hours of paid training — instead of the current 35 hours — for long-term care workers and doesn’t have a source of revenue, was favored by 67 percent of voters in Clark County. The Associated Press reported that the measure will cost the state $18 million over the next two years.

Initiative 1183, which takes the state out of the liquor business and means Costco shoppers will be able to stock up on vodka and whiskey along with diapers, toilet paper and giant muffins, easily passed. (Hard liquor will be available at grocery stores larger than 10,000 square feet, not just Costco.)

In Clark County, the percentages closely followed the state numbers: 58 to 42 percent.

Clark County voters also went along with the majority in approving two constitutional amendments: Senate Joint Resolution 8205, which repealed an obsolete voter residency requirement, and Senate Joint Resolution 8206, which requires the Legislature to build up its rainy day fund.

The Associated Press contributed to the story.