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Down to the wire: Outcome of razor-thin Snoqualmie school bond vote rests with canvassing board decision on two votes

All of the ballots that are going to be counted are tallied, and a decision is expected this afternoon on a recount of Snoqualmie Valley School District's $56 million middle school bond.

The bond failed by a single vote in the Feb. 8 election.

The outcome of the recount rests with the King County Elections Canvassing Board, which meets at 1:30 p.m. today to rule on two ballots flagged by observers last Thursday and Friday.

The ballots, both counted as "no" votes, may have been misinterpreted, say bond supporters who observed the recount last week.

By 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, the ballots were located and ready for the canvassing board to review at its afternoon meeting. A third ballot had been questioned, but could not be located.

Elections Communications Director Kim van Ekstrom stressed that all of the ballots were secured, and none were missing. Staff members were simply unable to locate the ballot, using drawings by the observers who had originally questioned the ballot.

Observers on both sides of the bond issue attended the canvassing board meeting Tuesday, and were ready for the drawn-out issue to be resolved, one way or another when the canvassing board meets this afternoon.

Sean Sundwall, the bond supporter who started the recount initiative, said Tuesday morning, "It's pretty clear in my mind that we will have finality at 1:30... This will not extend past today. That was something that both sides, for and against, agreed on."

If it passes, the bond will build a new middle school and complete repairs at a number of Valley schools.

If the bond fails, the district is considering running it again in April.

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