I'm going to call it a winner as well (the 1351 campaign already did).
Yes - 989,754
No - 962,794
Yes - 50.69%
No - 49.31%
The gap is only widening (No has never caught up again since Election night).
The last drop of ballots at 6:02 pm was King County which is at nearly 55% in favor with 88K left. No other county has near the ballots although, oddly, Spokane was supposed to have a new count at
5 pm and did not (they have 13,500 ballots).
I know many of you say the Legislature won't enact it but there's these factors.
First, they legally have to enact it for two years.
Second, class size IS part of fully funding schools and many of use believe it folds into the work of McCleary (and thus is not as expensive as has been stated).
Third, KUOW had a report on this issue this morning.
Initiative 1351 was trailing on election night, but has since picked up
votes. If it passes, Washington lawmakers will have to figure out how to
fund it. Or muster the votes to amend it.
“Look, I don’t know how to pay for it that’s why I didn’t support it,” said House budget committee chair Ross Hunter.
Hunter said one option would be to amend the initiative with a
two-thirds vote of the legislature. But he questioned whether many of
his fellow Democrats would support that.
“Are they going to go
back to their constituents and say ‘I know 60-percent of you voted for
this, but we’re not doing that,’” Hunter said.
Yes, they could try to amend it but what would that look like? First, some members of the Legislature diss the Supreme Court over McCleary and then they repeal/amend an initiative that was duly enacted by voters?
Good luck with that.