Happy Friday! While waiting for the latest batch of updated election results, here’s a round-up of election-related stories in the news:
Same-sex marriage: Now that voters have approved Referendum 74, the state Department of Health and counties are working to change the language on marriage licenses and certificates to be gender-neutral. Officials are expecting a rush of couples on Dec. 6 — the first day the law goes into effect — as well as an extra boost in traffic from people wanting to get married on Dec. 12, or 12-12-12. Rachel La Corte of the AP has more on what’s ahead.
1st District: Republican John Koster conceded today to Democrat Suzan DelBene in the 1st Congressional District race, blaming a lack of party support for the loss. State GOP chairman Kirby Wilbur shot back in this story in the Seattle Times, saying Koster simply ran a “horrible” campaign.
Marijuana: The Seattle Police Department put out an entertaining Q&A about what people can expect now that voters have passed I-502, making marijuana legal. Among the burning questions it answers: Can I smoke pot at a magic show? What happens if I get pulled over with “Super Skunk” in my trunk? And will cops be allowed to smoke marijuana?
Speaking of legalized marijuana, the state Liquor Control Board is getting flooded with calls from entrepreneurs who want to be first in line to open retail marijuana stores, The News Tribune reports. TVW will have more on this topic next week when the board’s deputy director, Rick Garza, appears as a guest on “The Impact.”