Published: Wednesday, December 21, 2011

South County voters approved liquor privatization at higher rate than state

South Snohomish County voters approved the liquor privatization initiative on the Nov 8 general-election ballot at a higher rate than the state as a whole.
Voters in the 21st Legislative District and the King County portions of the 1st and 32nd legislative districts approved Initiative 1183 by a bigger margin than the statewide rate of 59 percent to 41 percent.
The 21st District -- Lynnwood, Mukilteo, most of Edmonds and a small part of Mountlake Terrace -- gave I-1183 a 62 percent “yes” vote; the Snohomish County part of the 1st District -- Brier, Mountlake Terrace, Bothell and nearby areas -- gave the initiative 63 percent approval; and the King County part of the 32nd District -- Woodway, south Edmonds and a small part of Mountlake Terrace -- gave it 61 percent approval.
The countywide approval rate was a little higher than 63 percent.
The initiative will close state-run liquor stores, sell their assets and allow liquor sales at large retail stores.
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