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November 9, 2011 at 6:41 PM

Voters reject Eyman's tolling initiative, I-1125

Voters have rejected a Tim Eyman initiative aimed at restricting the use of highway tolls and blocking light rail from the Interstate 90 bridge.

The latest vote tally on Wednesday showed Initiative 1125 was falling too far behind to catch up with the remaining votes.

Eyman wasn’t conceding Wednesday night.

“Considering how much I-1125’s opponents outspent us, we continue to be amazed at how close it was for I-1125,” he said. “We are very proud of the growing number of voters who approved I-1125 and look forward to finding out what the final numbers are next week.”

With 23 counties reporting today, including King County, I-1125 was losing 51.56 percent to 48.44 percent. On Tuesday night it trailed 50.9 to 49.1.

More telling however, is that the no vote is getting larger in King County, which is home to a third of the state’s electorate. In the ballots counted on Wednesday, 66.2 percent voted no. That compares to 60.4  percent on Tuesday.

Among other provisions, the measure would have required the Legislature to approve tolls instead of the state Transportation Commission; ban variable-rate tolls, which charge more during peak driving times; and mandate that tolls only go toward work on the road being toll.

It also contained a provision intended to keep light rail from crossing the I-90 bridge and continuing into downtown Bellevue.

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