Bainbridge Island Review


Bainbridge Island voters rejected Eyman tax initiative, charter schools, precinct analysis shows

Bainbridge Island Review Editor
November 16, 2012 · 10:07 AM

Voters on Bainbridge Island bucked the statewide and county vote and rejected Initiative 1185, and voters here also shot down the charter schools measure on the Nov. 6 ballot, an analysis of precinct tallies by the Review has found.

Island voters also gave R-74, the referendum to reaffirm the state’s same-sex marriage law, overwhelming support.

Same-sex marriage measure

R-74 enjoyed a large margin of victory in all of the island’s precincts, passing with 80 percent or more of the vote in seven of the island’s 22 precincts.

The greatest support came in the precinct of Eagle Harbor (83.4 percent), followed by Blakely (83 percent), Crystal Springs (81), Manzanita (80.8),  Blue Heron (80.4), Finch (80.3) and Azalea (80.2).

R-74 passed in many other precincts with an approval rate in the high 70s, including Winslow (79 percent), Fort Ward (79), Wing Point (78), Meadowmeer (78), Liberty (78) and Skiff Point (78).

It passed with a 78-percent vote overall on Bainbridge.

The Kitsap County Elections Division reported that turnout in Bainbridge Island precincts ranged from 81.9 percent in Eagle Harbor to 85.9 percent in Tolo.

R-74 passed in Kitsap County with 53 percent of the vote.

Statewide, the vote was 53 percent “yes,” with 2.9 million ballots counted.

Eyman’s I-1185

I-1185, the Tim Eyman-sponsored proposal that would require a two-thirds legislative majority or voter approval for tax increases, fell flat with island voters.

Though the initiative was passing with 64 percent of the vote in Kitsap County and across the state, I-1185 was rejected by Bainbridge voters.

The measure failed to gain a majority vote in any precinct on the island, and was rejected by 60 percent or more of voters in six Bainbridge precincts;  Blakely (65 percent), Eagle Harbor (64), Island Center (62), Crystal Springs (61), Winslow (60) and Skiff Point (60).

I-1185 failed on Bainbridge with a 58 percent “no” vote overall.

Charter schools

Bainbridge Island voters also rejected I-1240, the charter school measure.

I-1240 failed in 20 out of 22 island precincts. Approximately 55 percent of island voters voted against the measure.

It passed in just a single precinct; Wing Point, with 51 percent of the vote (289 for, 273 against).

I-1240 fell to a tie in Port Madison, with 269 voters saying “yes,” and 269 saying “no.”

Opposition to the proposal was strongest in Meadowmeer (64 percent against), Eagle Harbor (63 percent) and Island Center (61).

I-1240 was passing in Kitsap County with 51.9 percent of the vote, with 113,045 ballots counted.

Statewide, approval for the initiative was 50.7 percent support, with 2.8 million votes counted.

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