Bainbridge voter turnout tops 70 percent after weekend voting

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Turnout for this week's Special Election has now surpassed 70 percent after a weekend of filling in the blanks by Bainbridge Island voters.

Late last week, just a third of local voters had returned their ballots for this election's school levy measures, according to the Kitsap County Elections Division.

That number has more than doubled since Friday, however.

To put it in perspective, more ballots were received today from Bainbridge Island voters than the combined total of all ballots sent in for counting between Jan. 24 and Feb. 7.

Ballots for the Feb. 11 Special Election will be counted Tuesday night. Voters will decide the fate of a three-year levy for Bainbridge Island schools that would pay for educational programs and operations, and a separate three-year levy to pay for technology improvements.

The Kitsap County Elections Division reported that an additional 6,742 ballots from Bainbridge were returned to the county on Monday, Feb. 10.

Previously, a total of 6,166 ballots had been sent back.

With the new ballots, approximately 72 percent of Bainbridge's registered voters have cast ballots on the Bainbridge school levies.

Both levies require a simple majority to pass.

Voting will continue through Election Night.

Ballots can be dropped off at ballot drop boxes until 8 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 11. The Bainbridge drop-off location is at the Bainbridge Island Fire Department's headquarters station at 8895 Madison Ave. Northeast.

Ballots returned by mail must be postmarked by Feb. 11.

The first unofficial election results are scheduled to be posted at 8:15 p.m. Election Night on the Kitsap County website.

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