Due to risks associated with the continued impact of COVID-19, Secretary of State Kim Wyman and Washington’s county election officials called on Governor Jay Inslee to cancel the upcoming April 28 special election using the emergency powers granted to him in statute.
After the initial count of ballots from Tuesday’s Presidential Primary, 32.82 percent of Democrats in Mason County are supporting Joe Biden (2,863 votes), 28.98 percent voted for Bernie Sanders (2,528 votes), and Michael Bloomberg (who has dropped out of the race) is third with 15.72 percent (1,371). Initially 8,723 voters in the County cast ballots for the Democratic nomination for president.
On the Republican side, 7,510 in Mason County voted for Donald Trump with 93 write-ins.
MasonWebTV Powered by HCC spoke with Mason County Auditor Paddy McGuire after results were released Tuesday night, asking what most voters complained about during the Presidential Primary.
One school district’s replacement levy is failing while others are passing after initial ballots were counted Tuesday night.
The North Mason School District‘s replacement educational levy is failing 55 percent to 45 percent. That’s 2,531 voting “No” to the four-year levy at $2.36 per thousand and 2,070 voting “Yes”.
The Shelton School District‘s Maintenance and Operations Levy is passing 53.01 percent to 46.99 percent. The three-year levy at $2.50 per thousand of assessed value received 2,235 “Yes” votes and 1,981 “No” votes.
The Pioneer School District‘s levy is passing with 52.55 percent approval. That’s 1,670 voting “Yes” and 1,508 voting “No”. The rate per thousand for this three-year levy is $1.69 per thousand in 2021, $1.74 per thousand in 2022, and $1.79 per thousand in 2023.
In the Grapeview School District, 57.61 percent of the voters are supporting a four-year levy at 88 cents per thousand for 2021 and 2022, and 89 cents per thousand for 2023 and 2024. That’s 602 “Yes” votes to 443 “No” votes.
Mary M. Knight School District‘s a two-year levy at $2.50 per thousand of assessed value is passing with 160 voters are in favor and 153 against. That’s 51.12 percent “Yes” and 48.88 percent “No”.
In Mason County Fire District No. 1, 64.8 percent of the voter are approving a two-year levy at $1.50 per thousand of assessed value to maintain and improve fire protection, emergency medical services and facilities, replace apparatus and equipment, and provide for firefighter safety. That’s 197 voting “Yes” and 107 voting “No”. Mason County Fire District No. 1 serves Hoodsport, Potlatch and Lilliwaup.
Ballots for the February 11, 2020 Special Election need to be returned to the Mason County Auditor’s Office no later than 8 PM Tuesday or have a postmark no later than election day.
Five of Mason County’s school districts are seeking approval of replacement levies and Mason County Fire District No. 1 is asking for an EMS levy.
No significant changes in the latest results from Tuesday’s General Election. The last count was Friday, November 8th. Election officials in the Mason County Auditor’s Office have counted 19,258 ballots, increasing the turnout to 47.51 percent. Next ballot count is set for 4 PM November 25th with the election certified on November 26th.
After additional ballots from Tuesday’s General Election were counted Wednesday, the only changes to report are in the races for Southside School Board.
John E. Johnson has increased his lead on Don Robbins for School Board Director Position No. 1. Johnson now has a 50-vote lead with 310 votes (53.73%) to Robbins’ 260 (45.06%).
Laurie Cox’s lead on Brandon Homan for School Board Director Position No. 2 is now just five votes. Cox has 285 votes (49.91%) and Homan has 280 votes (49.04%). There are six write-ins with accounts for the remaining 1.05 percent.
Gigi Olsen has overtaken Matt Jewett for School Board Director Position No. 4 and now has a four-vote lead. Oslen has 287 votes (49.57%) to Jewett’s 283 votes (48.88%) with nine write-ins accounting for 1.55 percent of the vote.
No significant changes in the remaining unofficial results.
The North Mason Chamber of Commerce Board has voted to support the North Mason Regional Fire Authority’s bond for an Emergency Management Campus in North Mason. The Fire Authority is asking voters to approved a 25-year, $10 Million Bond to acquire land adjacent to the old headquarters station and construct a new Headquarters Station.
Here is the Chamber Board’s statement: