Initial election tally shows Klahanie remaining unincorporated, ban ban standing, school levies passing

February 11, 2014

By Peter Clark

NEW – 9:55 p.m. Feb. 11, 2014

Eleven thousand people might still be searching for a home.

The King County Department of Elections released preliminary numbers for the Klahanie-area annexation vote Feb. 11 and it appears that the numbers stand extremely close on whether to join Issaquah.

At the end of the first day of vote counting, 1,168, or 50.1 percent, of the residents in the area voted in favor of the annexation and to take on the encumbered debt of Issaquah, while 1,162 voted against it.

Although the vote appears in slight favor of annexation, the measure needs 60 percent to pass. Only 2,372 ballots of the registered 6,259 voters in the area have been counted so far.

Additionally, early results might mean an end to the long battle over the city’s ban on plastic bags.

So far, only 48.3 percent of Issaquah’s voters approve repealing the bag ban, while 51.6 percent want to keep it. The measure needs only a simple majority to pass. Currently, the county has counted 6,257 ballots of the 19,302 registered city voters.

Finally, favorable results came in to approve the Issaquah School District’s three levies offered to voters. Renewing the maintenance and operations levy stands with 68.5 percent in favor and 31.5 percent opposed. The technology and critical repairs levy has 69.5 percent in favor and 30.48 percent opposed. Lastly, the school bus levy led the night receiving 70.1 percent in favor and only 29.9 percent opposed. The county has counted 18,186 ballots of the registered 63,084 voters in the school district so far.

Levy passage requires the support of at least 50 percent of voters.

The county will release updated numbers every weekday at 4:30 p.m., with the exception of Feb. 17, President’s Day, until the final results are certified Feb. 25.

Find results here.

 

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