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The Seattle Sketcher

An illustrated journal of life in the Puget Sound region by Times artist Gabriel Campanario.

November 3, 2009 at 4:54 PM

Voters’ impressions: The word on the street about today’s elections

I took my sketchbook to the streets of downtown Seattle to do some interviews. Or you may call them “sketch-terviews.” My completely non-scientific sample of voters and non-voters follows below. Only about half the people I stopped on the street agreed to talk to me (c’mon Seattleites, it’s only a sketch!) My prediction based on what I heard this afternoon: Mallahan wins for mayor, R-71 passes and I-1033 loses.
In chronological order, here’s everyone I talked to.
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David Rader, from the Madrona neighborhood, voted for Mallahan for mayor and Dow Constantine for King County Executive. He is “very in favor” of R-71 and “strongly against” I-1033.
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Rodger Lyvarger was having coffee with Rader at 5th Avenue Coffee. He has lived in Seattle since 1968. “I am all for the tunnel. It seems like a good idea,” he said.
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Colin Sauer, of Ballard, thinks there needs to be some sort of a tunnel. He was planning to vote later today.
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Micaila Hopkins, of Seattle, said passing R-71 is the main issue for her. She had just cast her ballot for McGinn.
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Zeke Hernandez, of West Seattle, said he is still deciding who to vote for. His girlfriend, Huyen Nguyen, of Renton, is not a citizen yet and can’t vote.
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“I don’t really care,” said Jim. He had no idea the elections were today.
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Anthony, of Tacoma, knew there was an election today, but felt pretty much like his colleague Jim. They were both on a break from work.
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John hopes R-71 passes and I-1033 fails.
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Nicole Winn is for R-71 and for McGinn, but she wasn’t quite sure of his chances.
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Jennifer Rotch said both candidates for mayor seem inexperienced. She’s voting for Mallahan. McGinn’s flip-flop on the tunnel “sealed the deal” for her. She’s against I-1033 and for R-71. “Everyone should have the same basic rights that I have as a married person,” she said.
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Ross Piper said he didn’t feel like he’s paid enough attention to the issues. Natalie Vause is for R-71. “Everyone should have the same rights,” she said.

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