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Friday, October 26, 2007

Correction in Times

From the Times' Emily Heffter's SB election coverage:

"POSTED 4:20 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 24 — We're running a correction in tomorrow's paper about a mistake I made in my Oct. 11 story about the District 6 candidates.

In the story, I wrote that Maria Ramirez filled in the "no" bubbles on her February ballot — intending to vote against the school district's two funding measures. Actually, Ramirez supported the operating levy, which makes up about 25 percent of the district's budget. She opposed the bond because of concerns about which projects made the list.

Her votes did not count because she didn't mail her ballot.

The mistake stems from a misunderstanding in my interview of Ramirez. I noticed in King County records that she didn't vote in the February election. When I asked her what she marked on her ballot before deciding not to mail it, she told me she voted "no." I thought she meant on both issues. She was only talking about the bond."

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

"Actually, Ramirez supported the operating levy, which makes up about 25 percent of the district's budget. She opposed the bond because of concerns about which projects made the list.

Her votes did not count because she didn't mail her ballot."

Well maybe I should think like Maria Ramirez when filling out my ballot...I could support Maria but not turn in my ballot to vote for her!

Anonymous said...

Since levies currently require 60% vote to pass, the Schools First committee worked hard to get every vote. We could have used her vote although the levy did eventually get enough votes to pass. What concerns me most about this issue is that Maria has not been straight about this from the beginning. To me it is a question of judgment. Actions speak louder than words, so vote accordingly.