King County Elections certifies August primary results

August 31, 2011

By Warren Kagarise

NEW — 3 p.m. Aug. 31, 2011

King County Elections certified the results of the Aug. 16 primary election Wednesday morning.

Overall, voters returned 349,566 ballots of the 1,103,522 elections officials mailed in late July. Turnout reached 32 percent — less than officials estimated in the days before the ballot deadline.

The electorate resoundingly approved — 69 percent to 31 percent — renewing the Veterans and Human Services Levy until 2017.

Organizations operating in Issaquah and the surrounding area, such as Friends of Youth and YWCA of Seattle-King-Snohomish, receive support from the levy.

The elections office tabulated 338,255 ballots and did not record any discrepancies.

Voters cast on 192 ballots on Accessible Voting Units and returned 32,146 ballots to drop boxes stationed throughout the county, including at Issaquah City Hall.

Officials challenged signatures on 11,285 ballots and resolved challenges on 5,457.

No Issaquah City Council or school board races appeared on the August ballot. Come November, local voters decide the council race between incumbent Joshua Schaer and challenger TJ Filley, plus the school board showdowns between incumbent Brian Deagle and Patrick Sansing, and incumbent Suzanne Weaver and Brian Neville.

Incumbent Councilman Fred Butler, appointed Councilwoman Stacy Goodman and candidate Paul Winterstein did not attract opponents for the other council seats up for election Nov. 8.

Neither did Anne Moore, the school board candidate running to succeed longtime board member Jan Woldseth Colbrese.

The next ballot also includes a handful of statewide initiatives, including a liquor-privatization measure backed by Issaquah-based Costco.

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