After the ballot drop this afternoon, Proposition 1 narrowed its deficit from 10 percent to 5.5 percent. Assuming that King County has 75,000 more votes left to count, Prop 1 would need to grab approximately 62.1 percent of those votes. Assuming that Seattle may have voted a little later than other parts of the county considering our 21-person mayoral race, and assuming that Seattle may be more willing to tax ourselves—albeit regressively—so low-income families can have the same level of access to arts/science/cultural heritage experiences and education as high-income families, this thing may have a chance.
A spokesman for Prop 1 says, "75,000 is a lot of votes left to be counted, and we are not going to call it until those 75,000 thousand voters have had their say." He went on: "I'm not saying it's extremely likely, but it definitely isn't over."
If the proposition does pass, then more kids will have the opportunity to have the life-altering experience with theater that Isiah Anderson, Jr. had. More students will succeed in school, period. More teenagers will have more internships and more chances to learn the creative skills they'll need for the jobs of the future.
And every well-off, "tax-fatigued" motherfucker who called for others to vote NO on behalf of low-income people who supposedly can't afford another .01 percent sales tax—despite the fact that several organizations who serve those populations and who are composed of those populations endorsed the measure—will have to eat their mustaches.
But, you know, we'll see. It's still a long shot.
A representative from King County elections told me there are still 83,000 ballots left to count, not 75,000. That means Prop 1 needs to pull 60.9 percent of the remaining votes.