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Bainbridge school bond likely sunk

Bainbridge Island School District's capital bond measure has reached 59.77 percent voter approval, according to updated special election results posted on the Kitsap County Auditor's website Friday.

That represents only a 4/100s of a percent increase from last Tuesday's count. The measure needs 60 percent approval to pass and only 22 votes were counted since May 26.

According to county Elections Supervisor Dolores Gilmore, there are 57 ballots from Bainbridge that have been challenged and could still be counted. Some ballots from overseas voters could still arrive through the mail, but that is becoming less likely.

"We basically counted all the ballots we can," she said. "People can still respond by Monday or Tuesday for challenged ballots and we could still get a few overseas, but that amount is getting smaller."

The bond would need an additional 55 "yes" votes and no more "no" votes to reach 60 percent.

Some who have championed the school bond have considered a recount, but previous manual recounts have indicated minuscule margins of error in overall results.

"We had a district with 26,000 ballots and the election was within 15 votes," Gilmore said. "After a manual recount, the person still won it by nine votes, so it is very accurate and 55 votes is a lot of difference for 10,000 (Bainbridge) ballots."

Preliminary results released May 19 showed the bond receiving 57.7 percent approval and it has been creeping up ever since.

The $42 million bond would fund the reconstruction of Wilkes Elementary School and district-wide capital improvements.

A final count will be released June 2 with results being certified on June 3.

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