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Citizen petition ballot measure passes in Federal Way | ELECTION 2013

Mirror staff reports:

Federal Way voters had just one local ballot proposition during the Nov. 5 general election.

Passing with nearly 76 percent of the vote, Proposition No. 1 will restrict the submission of all citizen initiative petitions to the general elections because the voter participation is historically higher at general elections, and to avoid the added expense of a special election.

Previously, if a citizen-backed initiative gained enough signatures and was certified by the county, the city had to either hold a special election or wait until a general election if the initiative was certified within 120 days of a general election.

“The timing of national and local general elections generates more voter interest and greater turnout,” according to the pro statement in the voters pamphlet. “Important initiatives brought to the public should be held when the greatest number of voters participate. Otherwise fewer voters make key decisions for the greater population.”

See more election results at www.kingcounty.gov/elections.

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