Both statewide ballot initiatives failing

Both statewide initiatives were failing on election night Tuesday.

Initiative 517, which would have installed further protections for signature gatherers and extended the time allowed to gather initiative signatures, was failing with only 40 percent approval statewide. The Twin Harbor vote was a bit closer, but still failing, with just 43.5 percent approval in Grays Harbor and a higher 48.2 percent approval in Pacific County.

Initiative 522, which would have established standards for labeling genetically engineered food, was garnering just 45.2 percent of the vote statewide. The approval on the harbors was even lower — 40.9 percent in Grays Harbor and 42.2 percent in Pacific County.


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