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Monday, November 12, 2007

Simple Majority -- Will it Pass?

I just checked the latest election results, and the "Yes" votes now only trail the "No" votes by 2620 votes.

I'm betting that when all the King County results are counted, the initiative will pass. See the Simply Better Schools website for updates and information.

5 comments:

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the update. What great news. It was a big disappointment that this was failing so badly on Wed.

You can see the results by county by going here:
http://vote.wa.gov/elections/WEI/ResultsByCounty.aspx?RaceID=100013&CountyCode=%20&ElectionID=0&RaceTypeCode=M

As is no surprise (but is depressing) this is doing better in counties in the West and in counties with larger populations (and voter turnout). It appears from this site that in Garfield County (where the measure is being trounced) fewer than 1000 citizens even cast a ballot on this measure.

Even though I strongly support the measure, I have to wonder if this is Seattle setting policy for the rest of the state. After all, in Seattle, school funding generally passes with more than 60%. Certainly it would be nice to not have to aim for that, but I think Melissa wrote that we have only not voted for one levy in the past 20+ years. So this change won't really affect us that much. Is it fair for us to decide how Garfield County will pass school levies?

Anonymous said...

I should do more research before I post. Apparently Garfield county only has a population of 2311. I had no idea that we had counties so small in the state. I guess 1000 people is not a terrible voter turnout after all.

Anonymous said...

Beth said:....I'm betting that when all the King County results are counted, the initiative will pass. See the Simply Better Schools website for updates and information.

Gosh with an election this close, perhaps we can have three recounts and see if King County has any better control over how they handle ballots now than during the Rossi-Gregoire procedure.

Garfield county has only one incorporated town Pomeroy, which is naturally the county seat. Pomeroy School District has an enrollment of 342 students. I'll bet they don't lose any ballots in Pomeroy.

Anonymous said...

At 8:45 AM this morning (11/13), the gap between Approved and Rejected has reduced to 1036 votes (703228:Approved; 704264:Rejected).

Anonymous said...

I just checked--4204 now appears to be headed toward approval, with about a 5000 "yes" vote edge. You can see it on the state elections website, which was updated at 4:30.