Northwest voters showed dislike for red light cameras and wind farms on Tuesday. Those are results from a couple of trendsetting city and county ballot measures that caught our eye.
In recent years, 34 cities in Oregon and Washington have installed automated traffic cameras to ticket red light runners.
Voters in the Seattle suburb of Mukilteo are the first in the Northwest to signify their displeasure at the polls. 70 percent voted to make the fine so low, the cameras wouldn’t pay.
Mukilteo resident Tim Eyman authored the ballot proposition.
Tim Eyman: “The impact of that local initiative is going to ripple across the state of Washington. I think every city that has red light cameras and speed cameras is wondering if they have their own little Eyman down there ready to do a local initiative.”
Elsewhere, residents of northeast Oregon sent the burgeoning wind power industry a wakeup call. Union County voters turned thumbs down on a big new wind farm in a non-binding advisory vote.
Meanwhile, residents of Detroit, Oregon have voted against change of a different sort. They nixed switching the small town’s name to Detroit Lake.
The defeated change was meant to promote tourism and reduce confusion with its larger namesake in Michigan.
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