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County certifies Nov. 7 election results

King County certified election results Nov. 28. Though the final numbers changed slightly from earlier counts, the end result for area races was the same. The secretary of state is required to certify election results by Dec. 7.

The final tally for the Snoqualmie community center bond and levy lift failed. The bond, needing 60 percent approval to pass, gained 52 percent of the vote (1,309 for and 1,195 against) and the maintenance and operation levy fell short of the 50 percent approval it needed with 48 percent of the vote (1,203 for and 1,290 against).

The City Council has not yet determined what the next step ought to be. The city has about $4.3 million and land on Snoqualmie Ridge set aside for a community center, but sought voter approval for additional funds to build a larger center with a pool, as a summer survey indicated city residents preferred.

One of the closest races for U.S. House of Representatives was in Congressional District No. 8 - which includes the Snoqualmie Valley - between Darcy Burner, D-Carnation, and incumbent Dave Reichert, R-Bellevue. Reichert won by a thin margin, collecting 129,362 of 251,383 ballots cast, or 51.5 percent.

In King County, turnout in the November general election was higher than expected with 65 percent of registered voters participating in the election, most opting to cast their ballot by mail, according to King County Elections.

The King County Canvassing Board - which has jurisdiction over how elections are run - unanimously voted Nov. 16 to accept all bundles of absentee ballots returned to poll centers, confirming that the bags were within the chain of custody of election workers. Several bags were filled beyond capacity and were unable to be closed properly or were turned in late. The board also accepted several late ballots from voters affected by flooding on election day and numerous provisional ballots turned in at poll stations by voters unable to reach their regular poll station because of high water.

King County Elections is already busy planning for a special election Feb. 6, 2007. Issues on the ballot will include an annexation to the city of Renton, a Seattle School District levy and bond, a Snoqualmie Valley School District bond and levies for fire protection districts 38 and 40. Jurisdictions still have until Dec. 15, 2006, to file resolutions for the February ballot.

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