No passage yet for Snoqualmie school bond; Recount to be certified Tuesday

Today's meetings of the King County Elections Canvassing Board did not result in certification of the school bond recount. Instead, the board considered accepting three additional ballots, all delayed by signature verification problems.

Two of the ballots were accepted and their decisions added to the recount totals, but the third was rejected.

Bond supporters who were observing the recount today and Thursday reported that all of the original ballot counts matched the recount results, and that the two new ballots that were accepted were both in favor of the bond.

This, however, does not mean the bond has passed. As recount initiative leader Sean Sundall explained last week, "When you add more votes, it changes the divisor."

If the number of votes hadn't changed, the bond would need only one "no" vote to be determined a "yes" vote to pass. With additional votes, the bond needs three "yes" votes and no "no" votes to pass.

The canvassing board will reconvene on Tuesday to rule on four final ballots, which bond-supporting observers had flagged in the recount. The observers felt that these "no" ballots were misinterpreted, and the voters actually intended to vote "yes."

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