In many jurisdictions across Washington State, today is a special election day. While it is common knowledge that we hold a Top Two election in August and the general election (which is really more like a runoff, thanks to Top Two) in November of every year, state law also provides for two special election windows: one in February, and one in April. The April special election period concludes today.
In King County, there are several measures on the ballot. Just one is countywide — the others are confined either to cities or special districts.
So if you live in King County and are registered to vote, you got a ballot with at least one measure on it. That’s Proposition 1, which would fund the replacement of the region’s aging radio network for first responders. NPI supports a “Yes” vote on this levy; more details about it are available in this post.
Also on the ballot in King County:
- The City of Sammamish is asking its residents, in a nonbinding plebiscite, whether they would like the powers of initiative and referendum to be added to the city charter. Most cities in King County have direct democracy.
- Citizens in the Klahanie neighborhood in east King Coutny will decide whether they would like to join Sammamish. Presently, Klahanie is in unincorporated King County. Sammamish is proposing to annex Klahanie after voters there repeatedly declined to join Issaquah. Many residents of Klahanie have previously expressed a preference for Sammamish over Klahanie.
- A levy to pay for street resurfacing, enhanced asphalt patching and crack sealing is being considered in the greater Covington area.
- South King Fire and Rescue is seeking approval to issue bonds to acquire new firefighting equipment. To pass, this proposition must receive a 60% yes vote, and at least 40% of the voters in the jurisdiction must participate.
- The Enumclaw School District is also seeking approval to issue bonds, for school modernization. The 60⁄40 rule will be in effect for this measure too.
- Vashon residents will decide whether to renew their parks levy.
Measures are also on the ballot in other counties in Washington State.
If you were sent a ballot, be sure to fill out and send it back in, either through a post office, or by taking it to a drop box. Don’t blow off this special election: vote and exercise your civic responsibilities!
We’ll have analysis of the results tonight after 8 PM.