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When “yes” means “no”…

Both sides are discounting the possibility of voter confusion over Initiative 912, which can seem counterintuitive.

After all, a vote yes on I-912 is a vote against the recent gas tax increase. A vote no is a vote for the tax.

Some polls have suggested that voters are confused about which way they’re voting.

The initiative’s fans and foes, however, both say that they’re not worried. Both sides are talking about it at every chance, and the No on 912 side is spending hundreds of thousands of dollars to get its message — “vote no” — across.

“I think folks have gotten the message,” said Brett Bader, with Yes on 912. And if not, he said, the confusion’s likely to be on both sides, with the backward votes canceling each other out.

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