Voters reject Access for All by narrow margin

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With all but 9,000 ballots counted at King County Elections headquarters, Access for All campaign manager Jack Sorensen on Monday, August 7, officially announced that the campaign for King County Proposition One has conceded defeat.

“With the ballots that have been counted since election day, we made it to 49 percent,” Sorensen said, “…given how few are left to be counted we won’t be able close the gap in the coming days.”

He went on to say that campaign workers and supporters had a lot to be proud of, from completing hundreds of volunteer shifts, to mobilizing dozens of organizations and phone banking tens of thousands of voters.

“[W]e introduced thousands of voters to the importance of arts, science and heritage programs — many of whom had never thought about a cultural access program before. That’s a victory in itself,” Sorensen said.

The 4Culture Board also has responded to the loss, noting that Prop One required the creation and implementation of geographic and equity plans to guide the distribution of funds.

“Even though the measure did not pass, we recognize the necessity of these plans and pledge to move forward with work on them,” the Board said in a statement.

Sorensen encouraged Access for All supporters to continue working for the principles Proposition One espoused. “As I’ve said, we didn’t give up in Olympia, we didn’t give up in the King County Council, and we’re not giving up today.”


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