Bainbridge Island Review


Precinct vote tally shows I-522 went over big on Bainbridge

Bainbridge Island Review Editor
November 13, 2013 · 10:43 AM

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Bainbridge Island wants to know what it's putting in its belly.

An analysis of precinct votes by the Bainbridge Review shows that Bainbridge voters overwhelmingly approved Initiative 522, the proposal on last week's ballot that would have required labeling of genetically engineered foods.

Bainbridge voters approved I-522 with a 65.3 percent "yes" vote, according to the newspaper's analysis of unofficial returns.

The proposal gained a solid majority in every one of the island's 22 precincts, and I-522 also received 70 percent or more of the vote in four Bainbridge precincts.

Statewide, it was a different story for I-522.

The measure was rejected 51.7 percent to 48.2 percent, according to the latest vote tally reported on Nov. 13.

Just seven out of 39 counties gave I-522 a majority "yes" vote.

Voters approved I-522 in Thurston, King, Jefferson, Clallam, Snohomish, San Juan and Whatcom counties.

In Kitsap County, the measure was rejected by just 54 votes out of 71,212 ballots counted so far.

According to the latest unofficial tally, I-522 fell to defeat in Kitsap County 50.04 percent to 49.96 percent. The latest vote count has the measure with 35,633 "no" and 35,579 "yes."

Most voters went to the polls with I-522 fresh in their minds, thanks to tens of millions of dollars that was spent for and against the measure.

"Yes on 522" said it raised $7.8 million, while the "No" campaign reportedly raised $22 million.

It was the most popular item on the General Election ballot; more than

1.6 million Washingtonians voted on the measure.

It was also received more votes than anything else on the November ballot in Kitsap County.

The same was true on Bainbridge Island.

The measure was the biggest draw on the ballot for Bainbridge, which was forecast in exit polling conducted by the Review over two days last week before the polls closed.

A total of 9,854 Bainbridge voters cast ballots on I-522.

The next most popular item on the ballot for the island was the Bainbridge council race for Position 7 between Val Tollefson and Richard "Dick" Haugan, where 9,133 voters cast ballots, according to the most recent tally.

I-522 passed on Bainbridge with a strong majority vote from north to south. The measure got more than 60 percent of the vote in every precinct except Wing Point, where it also passed, but with a 57 percent "yes" vote.

I-522 got its greatest boost in the precincts of Blue Heron, Blakely and New Brooklyn, where it garnered 73 percent of all ballots cast.

It also passed by 70.8 percent in Eagle Harbor.

Elsewhere on the island, the proposal was favored by landslide proportions in the precincts of Winslow (68 percent), Finch (68), Skiff Point (68), Liberty (65) and Fort Ward (65).

According to unofficial precinct returns, I-522 received 6,437 "yes" votes and 3,417 "no" votes on Bainbridge, or 65 percent to 34 percent overall.



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