In an election year with big races on the ballot, including president and governor, Washington voters – and the media -- might have been forgiven for not paying much attention to Engrossed Senate Joint Resolution (ESJR) 8212 on the November ballot.

It was a little-noticed constitutional amendment to allow for the investment of long-term care trust fund dollars in private stocks. Voters soundly defeated the measure 54 to 46 percent.

Now comes the surprise cost of that under-the-radar vote – an estimated $15 billion.

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Keith Akada thought Keiro Northwest Rehabilitation and Care Center in Seattle’s Central District would be the final resting place for his mother, Mieko, who has Alzheimer’s disease.

The nursing home opened in 1976 to serve aging issei, first-generation Japanese Americans, who faced exclusion and racism. For decades, it’s provided culturally sensitive care to the area’s Asian and Pacific Islander community.