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More issues than candidates on Tuesday's ballot

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Associated Press - November 3, 2007 3:35 PM ET

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) - With no statewide candidates on the ballot, six issues -- an initiative, a referendum and four constitutional amendments -- dominate Tuesday's election.

Voters in the heavily populated areas of King, Pierce and Snohomish counties are deciding the largest transportation tax package ever placed on a Washington ballot. They are being asked to raise sales and car taxes to put billions into road projects and Sound Transit.

Tim Eyman's Initiative 960 calls for more information and votes on tax and fee increases.

Referendum 67 is a public vote on a new state law that allows consumers to collect triple damages if their insurer unreasonably denies a claim.

The four constitutional amendments deal with creating a "rainy day" state reserve fund, allowing prison inmate contract labor, investing university funds and passing school levies on a simple-majority rather than 60%.

About half the voters are casting ballots. And about 90% of those are being cast by mail. Only King, Pierce and Kittitas counties still open polls.

Many locales have city, county, port and school board races, as well as local ballot proposals.

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