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Election Update - Thursday 4:54 p.m. | South Kitsap school bond measure apparently fails

Decision 2016 - Port Orchard Independent
Decision 2016
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Kitsap County Elections has tabulated 18,439 ballots as of 4:54 p.m. Thursday. The South Kitsap School District's $129.99 million bond measure failed to reach the supermajority 60 percent mark. Yes votes totaled 11,049, or 59.92 percent.

No votes totaled 7,390, or 40.08 percent of the vote.

The Elections Division is expected to certify results at 12 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 19. It's unclear if a scattering of votes remain to be counted.

The school district’s board of directors has stated that if the bond doesn’t receive voter approval this election, it would bring up the measure again until it is passed.

The mail-in ballots recorded after Feb. 9 increasingly tilted toward reaching the 60-percent margin. But the number of remaining votes appeared to be shy of the district’s hoped-for result.

The first round of unofficial results was released Feb. 9.

Initial results showed 59.3 percent of voters approved the bond measure, with 40.7 percent rejecting it.

Regardless of the outcome, Superintendent Michelle Reid said she was appreciative of the work done by volunteers.

“We are so grateful for the community support,” Reid said.

“I want to thank our bond support team. Many community members put in work on this bond election,” she said.

UDATE: 4:54 p.m. 2-18-2016:

South Kitsap School District No. 402 Bond
Completed Precincts: 61 of 61
Vote Count Percentage
Approved 11,049 59.92%
Rejected 7,390 40.08%

 

Whether the bond passes or not, Reid was thankful for the support of all the volunteers who helped with the campaign and citizens who voted.
“I want thank our bond support team. Many community members put in work on this bond election,” she said.
“We’re going to continue to be hopeful to get to 60 percent. That super majority is a high threshold.
“We’re going to continue to be hopeful to get to 60 percent. That super majority is a high threshold.”
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