King County sends ballots for April 22 special election

April 2, 2014

NEW — 6 a.m. April 2, 2014

King County Elections mailed ballots April 1 for the April 22 special election.

Since the ballot includes a countywide measure, all voters will receive a ballot and a voters’ pamphlet, which will be mailed separately. All voters will receive the same voters’ pamphlet.

Voters should return ballots as early as possible, but no later than Election Day, April 22.

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City Council considers offering annexation to parts of Klahanie PAA

March 18, 2014

Issaquah might still offer annexation to parts of the Klahanie area — and that might take another year.

In the March 10 City Council work session and the March 11 Land and Shore Committee meeting, exploring next steps for the Klahanie potential annexation area took center stage. King County Elections certified the Feb. 11 special election results Feb. 25, in which residents in that area voted whether to join the city of Issaquah. Needing 60 percent to pass and for those residents to assume the city’s bonded indebtedness, the vote earned 49.47 percent in favor of joining Issaquah.

Council President Paul Winterstein identified five options available to the council for consideration in light of the certified vote.

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King County certifies Issaquah school levies

March 4, 2014

King County Elections has officially certified results for the three Issaquah School District levy measures that appeared on the Feb. 11 ballot.

On the certification date, Feb. 25, all three measures passed by wide margins. A four-year maintenance and operations levy received 69.27 percent support; a four-year capital projects and critical repairs levy got 70.31 percent support; and a one-year transportation levy passed with 70.89 percent support.

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Klahanie votes against annexation; Issaquah approves the bag ban

February 25, 2014

Issaquah’s ban on plastic bags still stands, while a Klahanie-area annexation continues to fall short.

As of Feb. 21, 1,504, or 49.51 percent, of the residents in the Klahanie area voted in favor of the annexation and to take on the encumbered debt of Issaquah, while 1,534, or 50.49 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.

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Voters, so far: Bag ban stands, Klahanie stays unincorporated

February 18, 2014

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.

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Issaquah school levies passing comfortably

February 18, 2014

Three Issaquah School District levy proposals appear to be well on their way to passing, according to early elections results.

King County Elections numbers from Feb. 14 showed Issaquah’s three measures were way above the 50-percent mark needed for approval.

The district’s four-year, $198 million maintenance and operations levy was passing with 69 percent approval. The measure, labeled as renewal of the current M&O levy, pays for teacher salaries and classroom-related costs not covered by the state.

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City Hall ballot drop box is open

February 3, 2014

NEW — 11:45 a.m. Feb. 3, 2014

The deadline to return completed ballots is Feb. 11.

Learn more here about what’s on your ballot or read the local voters’ pamphlet here.

Once you’ve completed and sealed your ballot, you can return it by first-class mail or bring it to the King County Elections drop box at Issaquah City Hall, 130 E. Sunset Way, until 8 p.m. on Election Day.

 

Issaquah City Council sends plastic bag ban to February vote

October 22, 2013

NEW — 2:45 p.m. Oct. 22, 2013

Voters will ultimately decide the fate of Issaquah’s plastic bag ban.

In a unanimous decision, the City Council approved a resolution to hold a special election Feb. 11 to ask voters whether a ban on plastic bags should continue.

“Over 60 percent of the citizens that contacted me were in favor of that ordinance,” Councilman Paul Winterstein said, defending his vote in favor of the original ban. “And I followed that duly and I take that very seriously. But we’re also a city of laws. I’m in favor of putting it in front of a vote, and I can accept whatever outcome that comes.”

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Issaquah plastic bag ban appeal request bags enough signatures

October 4, 2013

NEW — 1 p.m. Oct. 4, 2013

The petition is in the bag.

After consumer group Save Our Choice fought a long battle to gather enough local support, King County officially approved the petition to end the ban on plastic bags Oct. 4.

“King County Elections has completed verification of the signatures submitted to our office for the City of Issaquah Initiative Petition regarding the Repeal of Plastic Bag Ban and Forced Paper Bag Charge,” Sherril Huff, director of King County Elections Department wrote in her letter notifying Save Our Choice of the findings.

“Of the signatures that were compared against those on file with our office, 2,597 were determined to be registered voters of the city of Issaquah,” she wrote. “Since that number met the requirement of 2,549, it is determined that the petition is sufficient.”

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Register to vote by Oct. 7

October 1, 2013

Election Day is not until Nov. 5, but citizens should prepare now to make sure their voice counts by registering to vote.

Oct. 7 is the deadline for mail-in registration, address change and other updates.

More information about registration — by mail or online — is available at the King County Elections registration website, www.kingcounty.gov/elections/registration.

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