Elections Department counts another 8,000 votes
MOUNT VERNON — The Skagit County Elections Department counted about 8,000 ballots Thursday, leaving it with an estimated 6,000 left to count before it can certify the Nov. 6 general election.
A total of 49,080 ballots have been counted, which is a turnout of 65 percent of the county’s registered voters.
The races remain unchanged since the first totals were released on election night.
The closest race continues to be for a state House seat in the 10th Legislative District.
Through 5 p.m. Thursday, Democrat Dave Paul leads Republican Dave Hayes by 544 votes for Hayes’ House seat.
The 10th Legislative District includes Island County, southwest Skagit County and northwest Snohomish County.
In county races, Sandy Perkins leads Mike Urban by 5,069 votes for county auditor, Jackie Brunson is 6,251 votes ahead of Bradley Whaley for county treasurer, Laura Riquelme leads Rosemary Kaholokula by 3,346 votes for Superior Court judge, and Joe Lindquist leads Robbie Robertson by 13,509 votes for Skagit Public Utility District commissioner.
Little has changed in regard to the three local measures on the county ballot.
The county charter measure is failing by 14,842 votes, the sales tax increase to fund the Anacortes Transportation Benefit District is passing by 1,530, and the Sedro-Woolley school bond has 4,841 yes votes and 4,906 no votes.
The bond requires 60 percent approval to pass.
In other state Legislature races, leaders in contested races are Norma Smith (10th District, House), Keith Wagoner (39th District, Senate), Robert J. Sutherland (39th District, House), Carolyn Eslick (39th District, House) and Debra Lekanoff (40th District, House).
Cecily Hazelrigg-Hernandez continues to lead Tom SeGuine for a judge seat on the state Court of Appeals, while national legislative leaders remain the three incumbents — Maria Cantwell (Senate), Suzan DelBene (House, District 1) and Rick Larsen (House, District 2).
The Elections Department will release updated totals Friday and plans to certify the results of the election Nov. 27.