ISSUES: Some Local Mirrors of What Matters

VOTERS did not just go to the polls to choose among candidates; they also tackled a thorny and controversial spate of referendums and state constitutional amendments. These issues—the fine print on the ballot—have an un-happy tradition of being so complicatedly framed as to leave even the most dutiful voter often confused. In Washington State, for example, voters were faced with an all time record of 24 of these measures. Yet the sentiment on these local issues often provides a mirror of what matters to...

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