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September 10, 2009 at 10:00 AM

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See how Seattle neighborhoods voted on failed bag fee

Posted by Jim Brunner

Seattle 20 cent bag fee vote.jpgSeattle's failed 20-cent fee on plastic and paper grocery bags actually did quite well in the dense liberal center of the city -- neighborhoods like Capitol Hill, Fremont, Wallingford and the University District.

But a precinct-by-precinct analysis -- by our resident computer guru Justin Mayo -- shows the proposal went down hard in the north, south and west of the city. (Click on the map to see the PDF version that allows you to zoom in.) Overall, Referendum 1 was rejected by 53 percent of Seattle voters.

As you can see from the map, it did particularly poorly in Mayor Greg Nickels' home turf of West Seattle. Nickels proposed the fee. It could have been another reason why he failed to hold his base.

Resistance to the fee was also strong in south Seattle (except for the Columbia City area), in Magnolia, and in the far northern portions of the city, in areas such as Broadview, Haller Lake and Lake City.

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