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Final ballot count puts Bainbridge school bond at 59.8 percent

Bainbridge School District's $42 million capital has ground to a halt with 58.9 percent approval, according to the results of a final ballot count released by the Kitsap County Auditor's office Tuesday afternoon.

The measure needs 60 percent approval for passage. Results of the May 19 special election will be certified June 3.

Bond proponents will have until June 8 to decide whether to request a recount.

Kitsap County Elections Supervisor Dolores Gilmore said the school bond is failing by 48 votes. Historically recounts in the county, even in much larger voting districts than Bainbridge, have turned up only a handful of miscounted votes, Gilmore said. Making up 48 vote margin would be extremely unlikely.

"We've never had anything come even close," Gilmore said.

Clif McKenzie, who co-chaired the bond campaign committee, said he is leaning away from a recount based on discussions he has had with Gilmore.

"I couldn't recommend that there be a recount, they're very accurate," McKenzie said. "That said, I'm part of a team."

Preliminary results released May 19 showed the bond receiving 57.7 percent approval. In the following days, the measure crept to more than 59 percent approval.

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

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