SeaTac’s Prop. 1 still passing by 43 votes

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From our sister site The SeaTac Blog:

by Jack Mayne

Almost miraculously the Tuesday evening (Nov. 12) count of Proposition 1 maintained the same 43-vote plurality, despite the addition of 278 more votes over the Friday evening count.

The latest tally is 2683 yes and 2640 against Proposition 1.

There are still some ballots to be counted and still an unknown number of “spoiled” ballots, those with some minor error since as voters using as “X” instead of filling in the blanks solidly or some who failed to sign the ballot envelop. Those will have to be hand checked and decisions made on each.

Meanwhile, the Seattle Times reported that airport food concessionaire Filo Foods, Alaska Airlines and the Washington Restaurant Association, last Friday filed an amended lawsuit Friday in King County Superior Court seeking to invalidate the ballot measure. In addition naming the city of SeaTac as a defendant, the opponents are now bringing legal action against the Port of Seattle, which owns and operates Seattle-Tacoma International Airport.

Proposition 1 supporters asked that the case be moved to federal court, citing opponents’ claims that the measure violates federal law.

The amended suit claims Proposition 1 is unenforceable because it exceeds the small city’s initiative power and legislative authority, noting that the airport falls under the Port of Seattle’s control.

“We decided that if they’re raising federal issues, then those issues should be addressed first,” the Times quoted the spokeswoman for proponents of Proposition 1, Heather Weiner. “There are very similar ordinances and initiatives at other airports in other states, so it’s interesting that they’re now fighting this.”

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