Library bond proposal gets recount

Sno-Isle Library System and the city of Arlington are splitting the cost to recount approximately 8,874 ballots from the Arlington Library Capital Facilities Area.
Its common practice to do a recount when an election is this close, said George Boulton, the leader of the community committee for a new Arlington library. For a political race, an election this close would require a recount, but not for a bond. The recount will be executed by county staff starting 9 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 7, said Snohomish Countys election manager, Carolyn Diepenbrock.
The recount takes place at the Bethany Tabulating Center, 1818 Pacific Ave. in Everett.
Interested parties are welcome to observe, Diepenrock said adding the counting will be done in about two hours, and the results will be recertified by 1 p.m.
We have three teams counting the ballots and one team recording the numbers, she said.
The cost to recount is 25 cents per ballot and the advance payment was $2,200.
Any discrepancy in numbers will be billed later, if the results turn out the same. If the results change, then the county covers the cost, Diepenbrock said.
The proposed bond for a new library in Arlington failed to reach the required supermajority of 60 percent by a matter of .37 percent, or about 29 votes. The certified election results that were posted Nov. 28 listed 59.67 percent yes voters. Any changes in certification will be posted Thursday afternoon.
I still wonder who are all those no voters are, Boulton said. This supermajority requirement seems very unfair.
A representative from the library system, Mary Kelly said there will be no action until after the recount is done.
Well just cross our fingers this week, Kelly said.

Arlington Library Capital Facility Levy
Vote Count Percent
APPROVED 5,295 59.67
REJECTED 3,579 40.33
Total 8,874 100

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