Early February 2022 special election results are in here in Washington State’s most populous county, and they look good for schools and essential public services almost across the board, with only a couple of exceptions.
Although participation is low, most of the measures on the ballot do not have minimum turnout or three-fifths affirmative vote requirement because they are school levies. The threshold for passage is just a simple majority of those present and voting. And with only one exception, every levy is clearing that bar.
Twenty-seven propositions were on the ballot: twenty-six levy measures and one bond measure, in the multi-county Northshore School District.
Of the levy measures, the only one that is not passing is Riverview Proposition 1, the replacement educational programs and operations levy. However, Riverview’s other proposition, a replacement Technology and capital projects levy, is passing.
The returns on the Riverview measures are as follows:
Riverview School District No. 407
Ballots Counted: 4,199
Registered Voters: 15,647
Proposition No. 1
Yes: 2,043 votes (48.70%)
No: 2,152 votes (51.30%)
Proposition No. 2
Yes: 2,177 votes (51.92%)
No: 2,016 votes (48.08%)
Proposition 1 is only down by one hundred and nine votes, so there’s a chance it could still pass if late ballots cast by district voters are pro-education.
And conversely, some of the levies that are ahead are barely so and the outcomes could change. Federal Way, for example, has a levy that is only passing by two votes: Proposition 2 has 6,773 votes for and 6,771 votes against. That one could ultimately go either way. Enumclaw has a levy that’s passing with 51.40% of the vote, and Kent has one that’s passing with 51.83%.
The King County portion of the Fife School District is actually voting down its two levies, but since most of the district is in Pierce County, and the larger Pierce portion is in favor of the levies, they’re winning. The multi-county results for Proposition #1 are here and those for Proposition #2 are here.
Levies in other districts were passing with two-to-one and three-to-one margins. In Seattle, over three-fifths of voters were supporting their local levies. Mercer Island has 70%+ support for its levies. Bellevue has three-fifths support for its levies, while Lake Washington’s levies are getting support in the mid-fifties.
Meanwhile, Northshore has a bond measure that needs a sixty percent affirmative vote and forty percent minimum turnout to pass. That measure is just short of the sixty percent threshold in multi-county results right now. It would need to climb above 60% yes to have a chance. We’ll see if that happens in the late ballots.
The minimum turnout requirement is constitutionally tied to the turnout in the last general election, which happened to be the third worst turnout in state history, so the district ought to be able to clear the minimum turnout requirement.
Northshore School District No. 417
Yes: 12,048 votes (59.93%)
No: 8,057 (40.07%)
The King portion of Northshore is providing the requisite three-fifths support, but the Snohomish portion is lagging, with only 58.61% voting Approved.
Counting is set to continue until February 18th, when the results of the special election will be certified. There will be eight more tabulations after this.
NPI thanks every voter who took the time to participate in this special election Our further thanks to everyone who joined us in voting yes for our schools.