Referendum 71 would have been rejected without Eastern Washington

I recently talked about how the entire state of Washington has increased its propensity to vote pro-equality.  Now I want to talk about how vital to the approval of Referendum 71 non-Puget-Sound voters were.  Via Referendum 71, voters ratified the new domestic partnership law in Washington, making domestic partnerships fully equal to civil marriage under state law.

When the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court made its landmark Goodridge ruling in 2003 actualizing marriage equality in that state, there were immediate calls for the impeachment of Chief Justice Margaret Marshall.  Goodridge was a 4-3 ruling, and Justice Marshall was seen as "the deciding vote".  My thought at the time was, there is no deciding vote because if any of the 4 justices voting in the majority had voted differently, the ruling would have been different.  Each of those 4 votes for the plaintiffs were of equal value and none (or all) were "the deciding vote".

I have a similar view of the Referendum 71 vote.  The common refrain is that ten Puget Sound counties "decided for the state", the population-dense King County in particular.  It is true that voters in these counties played an important roll in approving R-71, but they didn't come anywhere near swinging the vote on their own.

Referendum 71 was approved by a margin of 112,980 votes.  Yes, there were 29 counties that rejected R-71 overall.  But those counties still produced 302,106 votes to approve.  That's over 2.5 times the margin of victory.  In other words, if equality voters in the so-called "reject" counties had recycled their ballots rather than vote, R-71 would have been rejected handily.

Election maps that present binary approve/reject results (e.g., right) for counties misrepresent the results to the degree they give the impression that counties not approving a measure overall weren't materially vital to its statewide approval.  Here is the list of counties vital to the approval of R-71:

Yakima, Whitman, Whatcom, Walla Walla, Wahkiakum, Thurston, Stevens, Spokane, Snohomish, Skamania, Skagit, San Juan, Pierce, Pend Orielle, Pacific, Okanogan, Mason, Lincoln, Lewis, Klickitat, Kittitas, Kitsap, King, Jefferson, Island, Grays Harbor, Grant, Garfield, Franklin, Ferry, Douglas, Cowlitz, Columbia, Clark, Clallam, Chelan, Benton, Asotin, Adams

In other words, every single one.  Or rather none.  Because at the end of the day, all that matters is that ballots were cast, not which county the voter lives in.  Every vote is equal in contributing to the total, and a significant number of that total came from outside the Puget trough.  Every vote was the deciding vote.  Every county tipped the balance for Referendum 71.

Cross-posted at Pam's House Blend.
< On Stimulating The Future, Or, "It's The Ytterbium, Stupid!" | On Getting Found, Or, Search Engines: Is There A Difference? >
Display: Sort:
mich karena kami mengerti keinginan anda empat bagian dalam boiler di mengatakan di membantu dimond jim ribu kembali. Obral murah multi juta selesai membantu proyek anda daur selesai persegi empat termasuk super terjangkau diorder saja langsung baru di empat dari single kami awal yang harga plat baja untuk cor lantai    distributor besi wf di jakarta    harga baja h beam 300    jual besi cnp murah    jual besi unp di surabaya    harga besi beton per meter    distributor besi plat di surabaya    harga baja siku l    jual besi pipa bandung

by zaennul on Sun May 22, 2016 at 08:34:23 PM PST

* 1 none 0 *

Display: Sort:






Make a new account


Recommended Diaries

Washblog RSS Feeds

Political Contacts

Local Media

Coastal/Grays Harbor
Aberdeen Daily World
Chinook Observer
Montesano Vidette
Pacific County Press
Willapa Harbor Herald
KXRO 1320 AM

Olympic Peninsula
Peninsula Daily News
Bremerton Sun
Bremerton Chronicle
Gig Harbor Gateway
Port Orchard Independent
Port Townsend Leader
North Kitsap Herald
Squim Gazette
Central Kitsap Reporter
Business Examiner
KONP 1450 AM

Sound and Islands
Anacortes American
Bainbridge Review
Voice Of Bainbridge
San Juan Journal
The Islands' Sounder
Whidbey NewsTimes
South Whidbey Record
Stanwood/Camano News
Vashon Beachcomber
Voice Of Vashon
KLKI 1340 AM

North Puget Sound
Bellingham Herald
The Northern Light
Everett Herald
Skagit Valley Herald
Lynden Tribune
The Enterprise
Snohomish County Tribune
Snohomish County Business Journal
The Monroe Monitor
The Edmonds Beacon
KELA 1470 AM
KRKO 1380 AM

Central Puget Sound
King County Journal
Issaquah Press
Mukilteo Beacon
Voice of the Valley
Federal Way Mirror
Bothell/Kenmore Reporter
Kirkland courier
Mercer Island Reporter
Woodinville Weekly

Greater Seattle
Seattle PI
Seattle Times
UW Daily
The Stranger
Seattle Weekly
Capitol Hill Times
Madison Park Times
Seattle Journal of Commerce
NW Asian Weekly
West Seattle Herald
North Seattle Herald-Outlook
South Seattle Star
Magnolia News
Beacon Hill News
KOMO AM 1000
KEXP 90.3 FM
KUOW 94.9 FM
KVI 570 AM

South Puget Sound
The Columbian
Longview Daily News
Nisqually Valley News
Lewis County News
The Reflector
Eatonville Dispatch
Tacoma News Tribune
Tacoma Weekly
Puyallup Herald
Enumclaw Courier-Herald
The Olympian
KAOS 89.3 FM
KOWA FM 106.5
UPN 11

Ellensburg Daily Record
Levenworth Echo
Cle Elum Tribune
Snoqualmie Valley Record
Methow Valley News
Lake Chelan Mirror
Omak chronicle
The Newport Miner

The Spokesman-Review
KREM 2 TV Spokane
KXLY News 4 Spokane
KHQ 6 Spokane
KSPS Spokane
Othello Outlook
Cheney Free Press
Camas PostRecord
The South County sun
White Salmon Enterprise
Palouse Boomerang
Columbia Basin Herald
Grand Coulee Star
Walla Walla Union-Bulletin
Yakima Herald-Republic
KIMA 29 Yakima
KAPP TV 35 Yakima
KYVE Yakima
Wenatchee World
Tri-City Herald
TVEW TV 42 Tri-cities
KTNW Richland
KEPR 19 Pasco
Daily Sun News
Prosser Record-Bulletin
KTCR 1340 AM
KWSU Pullman
Moscow-Pullman Daily News