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Another 6,700 Skagit County ballots counted

November 11, 2018

The Skagit County Elections Department counted about 6,700 ballots Friday as it makes its way toward certifying the general election.

Three days after the election, the county has counted 32,559 ballots and has an estimated 22,000 remaining.

The county will next release vote totals on Tuesday, and plans to certify the election Nov. 27.

The leaders on the Skagit County ballot have remained unchanged since election night.

In county races, Sandy Perkins leads Mike Urban by 3,841 votes for county auditor, Jackie Brunson is 4,124 votes ahead of Bradley Whaley for county treasurer, Laura Riquelme leads Rosemary Kaholokula by 1,929 votes for Superior Court judge, and Joe Lindquist leads Robbie Robertson by 9,034 votes for Skagit Public Utility District commissioner.

The county’s three ballot measures also remain unchanged.

While the Anacortes sales tax increase to fund road improvements is passing by 1,164 votes, the county charter measure and the Sedro-Woolley School District bond proposal are failing.

The charter is failing by 9,792 votes and the school bond proposal has 3,078 yes votes and 3,347 no votes. The bond proposal, which needs 60 percent approval to pass, is at 48 percent.

Of the federal and state legislative races on the Skagit County ballot, the closest remains the 10th Legislative District House race between Dave Hayes and Dave Paul.

From Thursday to Friday, Paul, a Democrat, increased his lead over the incumbent Hayes, a Republican, by 145 votes.

Paul now leads the race to represent Island County, southwest Skagit County and northwest Snohomish County by 695 votes.

He led on election night by 232 votes.

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