Washington Lawmakers Consider Simple Majority to Pass Bonds
OLYMPIA, WA - Lawmakers in Olympia are considering a measure that would make school bonds need a simple majority to pass, rather than a super majority.
Right now, school bonds need 60% of the votes to pass.
In early returns from Tuesday's special election in Washington state, most of the 270 school levies and bonds on the ballot appear to be passing.
School levies, which require a simple majority of votes, are mostly passing. Some bonds are not getting the 60 percent of voter approval they require. Bonds appear to be failing in Ferndale, Everett, Tenino and Lynden.
The secretary of state's office says 270 of 283 measures on the February ballot were levies or bonds in 220 school districts.
Elections were held in 36 counties. The only counties without elections were Clallam, Ferry and Garfield.
All of the school bonds and levies in our region, along with the EMS levy in Walla Walla have passed so far. For all the updates on the local elections, click here.