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Friday, November 8th, 2019

Friday afternoon ballot counting update: R‑88 briefly takes lead, Sawant overtakes Orion

Good evening! Here’s the lat­est devel­op­ments in the 2019 gen­er­al elec­tion, which remains an elec­tion in progress until the bal­lots are count­ed.

Ref­er­en­dum 88 goes from fail­ing to pass­ing, then flips back

It’s high dra­ma for Ref­er­en­dum 88, also known as Ini­tia­tive 1000.

I‑1000 is the mea­sure that would relax some of the absurd, bur­den­some pro­hi­bi­tions imposed by Tim Eyman’s I‑200 two decades ago on pub­lic agen­cies and insti­tu­tions of high­er learn­ing. I‑1000 would allow agen­cies to reach out to his­tor­i­cal­ly dis­ad­van­taged groups and com­mu­ni­ties to inform them of oppor­tu­ni­ties to apply for jobs and con­tracts.

After sev­er­al days of count­ing, there’s almost no gap what­so­ev­er between the yes camp and the no camp. For a short while this after­noon, the mea­sure — which had thus far been fail­ing — took a lead for the first time in the count, pro­pelled by new­ly tab­u­lat­ed bal­lots report­ed by King Coun­ty.

That lead was short-lived. King Coun­ty’s neigh­bors quick­ly pro­ceed­ed to put the oppo­si­tion back on top. Ref­er­en­dum 88 is back to fail­ing… for now. King Coun­ty has a sec­ond bal­lot drop planned for today, around 8:30 PM, which could once again put Ini­tia­tive 1000 in the lead. That would be a wel­come devel­op­ment.

At 4 PM, thanks to King Coun­ty, Ref­er­en­dum 88 had a lead of just eight hun­dred and forty-two votes, out of more than 1.4 mil­lion votes cast. Incred­i­ble.

By 6:30 PM, Ref­er­en­dum 88 was behind by 24,752 votes.

And with­in hours, it may lead again.

Ini­tia­tive 976 con­tin­ues to slide

The NO vote against Tim Eyman’s I‑976 con­tin­ues to grow.

As of this after­noon, it was up to 46.68%. On Elec­tion Night, it was 44.24%.

Six coun­ties are reject­ing I‑976 and thir­ty-three are pass­ing it.

In Kit­sap Coun­ty, the NO vote is up to 49.20%, and there are an esti­mat­ed 7,000 bal­lots left to count there. Eyman’s posi­tion leads by just 1,077 votes in Kit­sap, so a lead change is pos­si­ble. Might Kit­sap Coun­ty flip to the NO side? We’ll find out on Tues­day, when Kit­sap Coun­ty is next expect­ed to report.

Kshama Sawant over­takes Egan Ori­on

As of this after­noon, Seat­tle City Coun­cilmem­ber Kshama Sawant is now win­ning reelec­tion and is like­ly to end the count ahead of chal­lenger Egan Ori­on.

On Elec­tion Night, Sawant had 45.61% of the vote.

Now she has 50.45% of the vote. She gained on Ori­on in the Wednes­day and Thurs­day counts. Today she seized the lead… prob­a­bly for good.

“Our vote con­tin­ues to grow, with Coun­cilmem­ber Kshama Sawant cap­tur­ing 58% of the lat­est bal­lot drop,” Sawan­t’s cam­paign said in a jubi­lant Face­book post­ing. “We now lead our oppo­nent by 513 votes! As votes con­tin­ue to be tal­lied, it’s more impor­tant than ever that we fight to make sure every vote is count­ed.”

“We know that that Ama­zon and the cor­po­rate inter­ests which have spent a record amount of mon­ey against us will leave no stone unturned. They may chal­lenge votes in an effort to dis­en­fran­chise sup­port­ers. They will like­ly cure bal­lots too. They could also demand a recount.”

“Please join us tomor­row morn­ing at 10:00 AM at Langston Hugh­es Insti­tute to hear from Coun­cilmem­ber Kshama Sawant at a short press con­fer­ence before we train vol­un­teers and begin bal­lot cur­ing.”

Med­i­na levy lid lift now pass­ing

A pro­posed levy to allow the City of Med­i­na to raise more mon­ey for essen­tial pub­lic ser­vices from prop­er­ty tax­es is now lead­ing… by six votes.

Six votes!

The mea­sure had been trail­ing in pre­vi­ous counts. Yes­ter­day, it was behind by ten votes. Now it’s ahead by six. 1,114 total votes have been cast so far, with five hun­dred and six­ty in favor and five hun­dred and fifty-four against.

Pas­sage of the levy would allow the Med­i­na City Coun­cil to avoid cut­ting the city’s already over­stretched pub­lic ser­vices. Although Med­i­na is an afflu­ent com­mu­ni­ty, it faces a bud­get crunch with­out this levy lid lift.

Wood­inville City Coun­cil: Nico­las Duscha­tel snags his first lead

Pro­gres­sive chal­lenger Nico­las Duscha­tel final­ly man­aged to over­take his oppo­nent, incum­bent Al Tay­lor, in today’s ini­tial count of bal­lots.

After trail­ing since Tues­day, Duscha­tel now leads by six­teen votes, with 1,545 bal­lots cast in his favor. 1,539 bal­lots have been cast for Tay­lor.

This is a race that could eas­i­ly see anoth­er lead change or two by the end of count­ing, depend­ing on how many bal­lots there are left to count.

In the oth­er con­test­ed Wood­inville City Coun­cil race, pro­gres­sive chal­lenger Paul Hagen trails incum­bent Gary Har­ris by forty-sev­en votes.

Hagen has yet to hold a lead in his race.

Var­isha Khan with­in strik­ing dis­tance of Hank Myers in Red­mond

A race that did­n’t look com­pet­i­tive at all on Elec­tion Night has changed dra­mat­i­cal­ly. Entrenched con­ser­v­a­tive Hank Myers has been los­ing ground all week to pro­gres­sive chal­lenger Var­isha Khan for Red­mond City Coun­cil Posi­tion #1. Khan is now behind Myers by only one hun­dred and nine­ty-nine votes.

Can she close the gap? Can she over­take Myers?

We’ll find out in a few hours, as King Coun­ty Elec­tions has that sec­ond bal­lot drop planned at around 8:30 PM tonight. This is a key race to watch.

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