December 3, 2012 at 5:00 AM
Charter schools initiative proved divisive in King County
Washington’s charter-schools proposal was the closest among the statewide initiatives this year, passing with just 50.7 percent of the vote.
Initiative 1240 proved divisive locally, too, a Seattle Times analysis of precinct vote returns shows. I-1240 was opposed by a majority — 51.6 percent — of King County voters, while most Snohomish and Pierce County voters were supportive.
Most Seattle neighborhoods strongly opposed the charter plan, with big no votes in the liberal core neighborhoods, including Capitol Hill, Ballard, Fremont and Wallingford. But even in the city, there were pockets of support in parts of Magnolia, Queen Anne, downtown and South Lake Union.
Some of the strongest support for the initiative came from Eastside cities, including Bellevue, Kirkland and Sammamish. But also strongly in favor were swaths of south King County, including Kent, Federal Way and Auburn.
Overall, I-1240 passed in 18 of the state’s 39 counties.
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