Wednesday, December 14, 2011

How we voted: 2011

Almost 60% of Madison Park’s 3,400 registered voters mailed in their November election ballots this year, and on each of the major ballot issues they agreed with the majority view—but with an even stronger level of support.  King County Elections recently released the voting totals by precinct, so we took a look at what the numbers show for the nine precincts that make up Madison Park.

On Initiative 1183, which privatized liquor sales, Madison Park registered an overwhelming 67% in favor to 33% opposed, compared to a voting margin of 59% to 41% statewide:

On Initiative 1125, which if passed would have blocked tolling on state roads except by vote of the legislature, Madison Park was again in line with the electorate Statewide, with 68% opposed and 32% in favor:

Finally, on the City’s Transportation Benefit District Proposition 1, which would have imposed a $60 car license fee if it had passed, Madison Park said a strong No of 64%, versus the 56% No vote for Seattle as a whole:

With regard to electing officeholders, Madison Park did not always vote for the ultimate winner, however.  Madison Parkers were in favor of keeping in office each of the four incumbents seeking re-election to the Board of the Seattle Public Schools.  Nevertheless, two of the incumbents were defeated for re-election, in spite of their strong showings here.  Board member Peter Maier, who was defeated by a vote of 49.2% to 50.4% for newcomer Sharon Peaslee, carried Madison Park with 65% of the vote.  School Board President Steve Sundquist also carried Madison park with 65% of the vote, but he lost his seat with just 45.3% of the overall vote to challenger Marty McLaren’s 54.1%.

1 comment:

  1. Interesting post Bryan.

    You 67% realize that Bert's is too small to stock liquor, right? You are still going to have to leave the neighborhood.

    Only 60% "turnout?" It used to be that voter turnout was lower because of the inconvenience of having to go to the polling station on a dark, cold, rainy November evening. We've got people dying all over the world to protect your right to vote and you can't fill in some dots and lick a stamp? Heck, they make pre-moistened ones now. Shame, shame, shame.

    I find it interesting that in a neighborhood with such a powerful elementary school, we provided strong support (by 20%!!!!) for an existing school board whose mis-steps and mis-deeds have been front page news this year. Maybe a little elitism at play? Things are okay with my school, so who cares?

    Also, a chance to deliver a major blow to the 520 project which we all loath because we are going to have to drive 300 yards further to get on/off the bridge and no one takes the opportunity?

    I am glad to see that the apathetic slant of the 'hood doesn't just apply to neighborhood issues.


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