South County voters approved initiative on labeling genetically modified food

South Snohomish County voters approved the initiative on the November ballot that would have required labeling of genetically modified food.

The initiative failed statewide by a 51 percent to 49 percent margin.

Voters in Edmonds, Woodway and nearby unincorporated areas of the Snohomish County part of the 7th Congressional District approved Initiative 522 by a 54 percent to 46 percent margin.

I-522 got a higher approval rating in the Snohomish County part of the 32nd Legislative District, which includes Lynnwood, part of Mountlake Terrace, Woodway and south Edmonds. That area approved the initiative, 56 percent to 44 percent.

Voters in the Snohomish County part of the 1st Legislative District, including Brier, Bothell and most of Mountlake Terrace approved the initiative by a 52 percent to 48 percent margin.

Voters in the 21st Legislative District, including most of Edmonds, unincorporated areas north of Edmonds and Lynnwood, all of Mukilteo and part of south Everett, approved the initiative by a 53 percent to 47 percent margin.

Results released recently by the secretary of state’s office show that the measure passed in Snohomish County and seven other Puget Sound area counties but failed everywhere else, including all of Eastern, Central and Southwest Washington.

Evan Smith can be reached at

Correction: The original version of this story listed the percentages for the King County part of the 32nd District rather than the Snohomish County part of the District. The percentages have been corrected

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