South County voters approved liquor privatization at higher rate than state

  • Wed Dec 21st, 2011 2:43pm

By Evan Smith, Herald Writer

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.

Evan Smith can be reached at schsmith@frontier.com.