State

I-1433 passes with almost 60 percent of the vote.

I-1433 will incrementally increase the minimum wage to $13.50 in 2020 and require employers to provide paid sick leave. Opponents said the measure would be too economically risky for the state right now and detrimentally impact workers while proponents said the measure betters worker safety and increases economic opportunity.

I-1464 fails by about a five point difference.

This initiative would have created a voucher system using state funds so each registered voter could contribute up to three $50 credits toward candidates in campaigns for the Legislature beginning in 2020. The initiative also limits lobbyists’ ability to hire former government employees or elected or appointed officials and change some finance reporting methods.

Proponents said the initiative increases transparency and empowers voters. Opponents believed this initiative would increase corruption and places state funds in the wrong place.

I-1491 passes with over 70 percent of the vote.
This measure will allow family members, police officers, and housemates to obtain a warrant preventing a person with mental illness or violent behavior from acquiring a gun.

The measure was criticized for specifically targeting people with mental illness and not proving to really decrease gun violence. Supporters said that this would prevent tragedy by allowing them a legal means to remove guns from violent situations and respect the affected person by requiring due process.

I-1501 passes with over 70 percent of the vote.

This initiative will increase the felony class of all identity theft from a senior citizen by one felony class. The initiative also changes the Public Records Act to creates written specifications about what “sensitive personal information” of vulnerable individuals and their in-home caregivers can be requested.

Proponents said that identity theft of senior citizens continues to be a problem in the state and this would address the issue on two fronts. Opponents said the the caregivers’ SEIU union drafted the initiative to prevent their members from learning they cannot be forced to pay dues.

I-732 fails with almost 60 percent of voters saying “no.”

I-732 would have created a carbon emission tax on some fossil fuels and electricity generated from fossil fuels, then reduces the state sales tax and some manufacturing taxes to compensate for the new tax.

Proponents said that this initiative “makes polluters pay” and would increase environmentally friendly behaviors and technologies to address climate change. Opponents said too many consequences aren’t foreseeable with the initiative and that the tax is not fair to families.

I-735 passes with a clear majority in favor.

This initiative will tell the Washington representatives at the congressional level to propose an amendment stating rights belong to individual and not corporations.

Proponents said this tells Washington state politicians that Washington citizens do not corporations to have the same rights as individuals and use money to have a voice while opponents said this initiative would eat away at free speech and censor companies.

County

Charter Amendment 1 passes at over 75 percent in favor.

This amendment would change the county prosecuting attorney position from a partisan position to a non-partisan position.

Charter Amendment 2 passes with 2/3 of the vote.

This amendment changes the King County Charter to gender-neutral language.

Sound Transit 3 passes at 55 percent in favor.

This proposition would create 37 new stations for Link Light Rail by increasing property taxes across three counties where the stations would be located.

City

I-124 passes with over 75 percent of the vote.

This initiative will address sexual harassment and safety of hotel housekeepers by putting precautions, like a panic button, in place and limiting the amount of rooms one worker clean.

Proponents said that the initiative protects primarily women hotel workers who clean rooms of males guests by themselves while opponents said that the initiative removes due process and wouldn’t protect all hotel workers.

*Percentages were retrieved on the morning of November 9 from the Secretary of State election website and King County Elections

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