Evan Smith: Ballots trickle in; school bond issue, library levy appear to have won

Saturday, February 20, 2010

By Evan Smith
ShorelineAreaNews Politics Writer


Both the Shoreline School District construction bond issue and the King County Library levy appear to have passed with seemingly insurmountable margins.

Ballots are trickling in at such a slow rate that there aren’t enough ballots left to keep either measure from passing.

The Shoreline School District bond issue had a 421-vote margin over the required 60 percent approval rate Thursday. That margin is five votes more than it was a day earlier.

Thirteen new Shoreline and Lake Forest Park ballots arrived in the elections office Thursday. Even if five times that many were to arrive each day through certification Wednesday, Feb. 24, and all were negative, there wouldn’t be enough votes to change the results.

Elections officials accept ballots for two weeks after the election to allow time for people with missing and invalid signatures to make corrections and to allow time for ballots to arrive from military and other overseas voters.

The School District maintenance-and-operations levy and the technology levy both continue their overwhelming approval margins.

Voter turnout through Thursday in Shoreline and Lake Forest Park was 42.6 percent, compared to 37 percent throughout the County Library District.

The Library levy was passing by 988 votes Thursday, compared to 972 votes a day earlier.
The vote count as of 4:30 p.m. Thursday:


SHORELINE SCHOOL DISTRICT NO. 412

Ballots Cast/Registered Voters
18,030
/
42,352
42.57%
Proposition No. 1 Replacement of Expiring Levy for Educational Programs, Maintenance and Operations
(Simple majority to pass)

YES

12,617
70.34%

NO

Total votes

Undervotes

Total ballots

5,319
17,936
94
18,030
29.66%
100.00%
Proposition No. 2 Bonds for Modernization/Replacement of Shorecrest and Shorewood High Schools
(Requires 60% approval)

APPROVED

10,738
62.45%

REJECTED

Total votes

Undervotes

Total ballots

6,457
17,195
835
18,030
37.55%
100.00%
Proposition No. 3 Capital Levy for Technology Improvements and Support (Simple majority to pass)

    YES

11,353
65.85%


NO

Total votes

Undervotes

Total ballots
5,889
17,242
788
18,030
34.15%
100.00%

















KING COUNTY RURAL LIBRARY DISTRICT

Ballots Cast/Reg. Voters
239,900
/
647,133
37.07%
Proposition No. 1 (Simple majority for passage)

YES

123,909
52.08%

NO

114,021
47.92%










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