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Snoqualmie schools bond fails by single vote—again—in drawn-out recount

With the same results in the recount as in the February 8 election, the Snoqualmie Valley School District's $56.2 million bond failed by a single vote Tuesday.

The critical decision by the King County Elections Canvassing Board to reject changing two questioned ballots caused the bond to fail just one vote short of the 60 percent supermajority needed to pass.

Because of the razor-thin margin, the Snoqualmie Valley School District board plans to bring the bond to voters again as soon as possible.

"The board had a work session Saturday," (March 5) said District Communications Director Carolyn Malcolm, and "They directed the superintendent to draft a resolution for the board, and that would be to run the bond in the April election."

At its meeting this Thursday, March 10, the board will consider the resolution to place the bond on the ballot for an April 26 vote. The filing deadline for this election is Friday, March 11.

The final vote was 5,974 in favor, which included two ballots verified too late to be included in the Feb. 23 certification, and 3,983 against. Although the bond needed only one "no" vote to be determine a "yes" vote in the recount, the addition of ballots required three more "yes" votes for the bond to pass.

A third ballot was submitted for consideration, but rejected by the canvassing board Friday. The ballot was delayed because the signature could not be verified and because of mailing problems, since the voter had been out of state at the time of the vote.

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