Hello Loyal Readers,
As promised in “Part TWO!”, here is the final data set from my post “Examining Social Issues in Whatcom”, the marijuana legalization maps. I have used the same scale as the other two maps to keep everything consistent. Click on the maps to seem them expand.
As before, I took the percentage of YES votes on marijuana legalization and subtracted the NO percentage to get the difference, which I then colored onto the map. As a whole county, the measure passed 55.2% to 41.9%, which would make it a sparkling emerald. Glancing at these maps, you can see why. Almost all of Bellingham voted on yes on this measure, and most precincts supported it by a 2 to 1 margin. That’s significant. You would be hard pressed to find that much universal support for anything other than “Do you believe the traffic on the Guide-Meridian sucks?” That is an impressive show of strength by the city, south county and even West of I-5.
In case you are curious, the sole precinct within the city limits of Bellingham that voted NO on the measure is 203, henceforth renamed “Precinct Buzzkill.” They are just off of Cordata Parkway but before you get to the community college. The precinct with the highest YES percentage was Precinct 210, otherwise known as the north square of the Columbia neighborhood. Well done, a victory dance for you.
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