- Levi Hastings
The distance between YES and NO tightened ever so slightly today, after about 50,000 more ballots were counted. But, Prop 1 is still losing:
YES 45.49% (187,324 votes)
NO 54.51% (224,441 votes)
Looks like it's definitely time for Plan C.
UPDATE: King County Executive Dow Constanine says it's over. “The voters have not rejected Metro," Constantine said in a statement. "They have voted against this particular means of funding Metro—the only one available under state law. A state transportation package has always been our first choice. But, after years of trying, time ran out for action in Olympia. We gave the voters a choice, and presented a proposal for saving Metro Transit and maintaining our roads. They have chosen a reduced level of service, and we will carry out the will of the voters. Tomorrow I will transmit legislation to the King County Council to reduce service by 550,000 hours and eliminate 72 bus routes.”