Voters, so far: Bag ban stands, Klahanie stays unincorporated
February 18, 2014
By Peter Clark
Eleven thousand people might still be searching for a home.
King County Elections released preliminary numbers for the Klahanie-area annexation vote Feb. 11 and the numbers stand close on whether to join Issaquah.
At the end of the first week of vote counting, 1,490, or 49.4 percent, of the residents in the area voted in favor of the annexation and to take on the encumbered debt of Issaquah, while 1,524, or 50.6 percent voted against it.
Although the measure needs 60 percent to pass with the new residents sharing the city’s indebtedness, the City Council can still choose to annex the area if the vote receives a simple majority. Under that scenario, the Klahanie area would not assume its share of the city’s current indebtedness.
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 47.7 percent of Issaquah’s voters approve repealing the bag ban, while 52.33 percent want to keep it. The measure needs a simple majority to pass. Currently, the county has counted 7,545 ballots of the 19,302 registered city voters.
The county will release updated numbers every weekday at 4:30 p.m. until the final results are certified Feb. 25.
Find results at www.kingcounty.gov/elections and www.issaquahpress.com.