On election night, Pierce County was giving Tim Eyman a rare victory in his losing effort to pass Initiative 1033. It was the only Puget Sound county and just the second large county (along with Clark) to be giving the initiative a majority.
But Friday’s vote count confirms what Thursday’s began to show, that Pierce voters will end up opposing the tax-capping measure.
Now, 63,805 county voters are opposing the measure. That’s a little over 51 percent of the county total.
While Referendum 71, the latest expansion of legal rights for same-gender couples, is comfortably passing across the state, Pierce is defeating it. Twenty nine of the state’s 39 counties are opposing the measure. But the King County vote is strong enough to overcome deficits in all of Eastern and all of Southwestern Washington.