Grays Harbor County voter turnout jumped to 35.1% in the latest update from the county Auditor’s Office Thursday afternoon. Elections Administrator Lorie Ochmann said after a busy day of ballot counting they don’t expect much more ballots between now and when they certify the election on August 16th.
A proposed 3-tenths of 1-percent sales tax increase (to help the county fund public safety, criminal justice, fire protection and public services) appears to be passing with 53.88% support.
Incumbents will defend their seats in Olympia, Washington Governor Jay Inslee will face Bill Bryant. U.S. Senator Patty Murray and challenger Chris Vance emerge from a 17-person race. District 6 U.S. Representative Derek Kilmer will face Todd Bloom.
In the 19th Legislative District incumbent Senator Dean Takko advances with Sue Pederson, while Jim Walsh holds a 1,053 vote lead over appointed State Representative JD Rosetti for his seat. Incumbent State Representative Brian Blake and Jimi O’Hagan emerge from a 3-person race.
In the 24th Legislative District, Kevin Van De Wege will advance to the November General with Danille Turissini for retiring Senator Jim Hargrove’s seat. Mike Chapman and George Vrable will be on the ballot for Van De Wege’s vacated State Representative seat. Incumbent Steve Tharinger and challenger John Alger advance automatically.
Incumbent Grays Harbor County Commissioner Wes Cormier will likely face Jaime Nichols, her lead over Al Smith expanded to 147 votes in the latest update. Incumbent Commissioner Frank Gordon and challenger Randy Ross will both advance.
Elma voters are supporting an excess property tax levy to partially fund police services with over 62.4% yes votes.
The City of Westport is failing to get supermajority support for an excess levy for EMS And Fire response with 57% yes votes.
Fire District 3, which is rural Westport, is passing their proposed excess EMS levy with 62% yes votes.
Fire District 14 which covers Markham, Ocosta, and Bay City, is failing their excess levy with 104 votes for, and 103 against – literally the definition of a simple majority vote, however, excess levies in Washington State (unless they are for a school) require a super majority vote of over 60%.
The results from the Washington State Auditor’s Office are updated for the August Primary Election at vote.wa.gov
Here is the SuperMajority Vote Explained by the Pierce County Elections Office.
Levy issues (excluding school levies) must meet two separate criteria to pass.
First, they must validate. The number of “Yes” votes must equal 24% (60% of the 40%) of the voters who cast a ballot in the last general election.
Second, the issue must receive a 60% favorable majority, or 60% of the ballots cast are “Yes” votes.
So, a levy measure could get the required percentage of “Yes” votes, but could still fail if not enough people vote in the election.