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                                Few cars made it through the snow and slushy roads around noon on Monday, Feb. 11, and the parking lot of Renton’s King County Election’s Office was no exception.

Photo by Haley Ausbun. Few cars made it through the snow and slushy roads around noon on Monday, Feb. 11, and the parking lot of Renton’s King County Election’s Office was no exception.

Renton School District special election initial results

This article will be updated regularly with voting results.

Correction: An additional article with the final results will be published Friday, Feb. 22. not Feb. 20.

Feb. 20, 4:00 p.m.:

With only a handful of ballots to count, one Renton schools measure looks approved, the other looks like it won’t be validated.

The levy is currently passing with 62.64 percent of counted voters approving the measure.

The bond in the latest results was 1,479 votes shy of being validated at 17,099 votes counted. If the measure is not validated, it won’t matter how many voted to approve it.

A separate article will be published Friday, Feb. 22 with the validated results.

Feb. 15, 4:00 p.m.: With only an estimated 300 ballots left to count for the King County, as of Friday it appears the Renton School District bond will not be validated. The measure only has 16,931, just 1,647 votes away from validating.

The bond had a 62.54 percent approval from the counted voters.

It appears the levy will pass with 62.4 percent yes vote.

Feb. 14, 3:40 p.m.: The Renton Schools levy continues to pass with 61.53 percent.

The bond is at 15,422 voters, 3,156 votes away from the required number to validate the measure. It too leads with 61.83 percent approval. There are currently 24,000 estimated ballots left to count for all of King County.

Feb. 13, 3:40 p.m.: The newest count showed the Renton School District’s Proposition No. 1, the construction bond, passing with 61.13 percent. So far 13,507 ballots have been counted.

Proposition No. 2, the renewal levy, is passing with 60.76 percent yes votes with 13,518 ballots counted.

Feb. 12, 8:00 p.m.: Two Renton School District measures in the Feb. 12 special election were ahead Tuesday. The bond is not currently meeting validation requirements, according to the initial election results released Tuesday night.

As of election night, 11,677 ballots for Renton have been counted. The count reflects about 17 percent of the 69,245 active registered voters in the Renton School District.

King County Election still has an estimated 40,500 ballots left to count for all of King County, with 99,385 counted so far.

The education and operations replacement levy was currently ahead with initial election results Tuesday, almost at a 60 percent yes vote, with 40 percent voting no. The levy requires a simple majority for passage.

The education levy, to replace the district’s previous levy that expires in December 2019, funds 19 percent of the district’s operating budget.

A $249.6 million bond measure to build a new elementary school and make other improvements has yet to reach the required 18,578 voters to validate the election.

As of 6 p.m. Tuesday, only 13,058 in the district were reported to return their ballot. The unofficial voting results for Tuesday night showed 11,598 votes counted so far for the bond.

Currently 60 percent of counted voters so far vote to approve the measure, with 40 percent voting to reject it.

Superintendent Damien Pattenaude took to Twitter to thank Renton voters.

“Both the bond and levy are passing! For the bond, even though it’s passing at over 60 percent, we need 7,000 more total votes to validate,” Pattenaude wrote.

The King County Elections division will release results weekdays by 4 p.m.; final results will be posted on Feb. 22.

More information on the measures is available at this link: http://www.rentonreporter.com/news/school-district-proposes-two-measures-for-2019-special-ballot/

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