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Supermajority vote requirements are a basic part of Washington’s democracy

Is Washington’s state constitution undemocratic? Some opponents of supermajority vote requirements seem to think so. The 2011 budget debate has been framed by voters’ approval of the two-thirds vote requirement for the legislature to raise taxes. The voters approved that taxpayer safeguard in November when they passed Initiative 1053 by a 64 percent margin.

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