Initiative 601 restrictions, levy requirements mock majority rule

Commentary | April 20, 2005 | By John Burbank | Tacoma News Tribune

The minority-rule restrictions of I-601 mirror the requirements for school levies that allow a small minority to override the will of the people. In these elections, 59 percent of the vote isn't enough. An even larger majority can be nullified if the vote totals don't exceed 40 percent of the turnout from the preceding November. This enables a small minority to veto support for the public schools by voting "no" or not even showing up to vote.

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