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Politics Northwest

The Seattle Times political team explores national, state and local politics.

November 11, 2014 at 2:44 PM

Sending a message? Some Washington counties voted for both gun initiatives

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UPDATE 3:38 p.m.:  In the original version of this post, we neglected Skagit County, which also voted yes on both measures. Sorry, Skagit. We’ve updated the numbers below to reflect its inclusion, too.

In the months leading up to the November ballot, people wondered what would happen if both gun-related initatives on the ballot, I-591 and I-594, passed.

After all, I-594 would expand gun-purchase background checks to private sales and transfers; I-591 would take away the state’s authority to make such a law. Since there’s no precedent for two competing ballots measures actually passing in Washington state, approving both would likely have sent the issue to the courts.

As we know now, I-594 passed and I-591 failed.

But six counties in Washington apparently wanted to mix it up. Voters in Asotin, Clallam, Clark, Pierce, Skagit and Spokane counties approved both measures. You can see by comparing the map above (I-594) with the one below (I-591), both courtesy of the Washington Secretary of State election results page.

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Taken together, voters in those counties represented roughly 550,000 ballots cast in gun initiatives. With about 2 million ballots statewide counted as of Monday evening, that means counties representing about 25 percent of the total vote supported both initiatives.

(Worth noting: In those counties, the vote margin between one gun initiative winning and the other losing was not a match, and some ballots may still trickle in. But these are pretty small variances.)

One county, Walla Walla County, defied the rest of the state and made its own declaration: It voted against both measures.

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