Individual vote tally for Bainbridge write-in candidates won’t be posted – unless

Voters won’t get an early look at the vote tallies for two Bainbridge Island write-in candidates on Election Night.

Until it matters.

Cynthia Bellas is a write-in candidate for the Central Ward, District 4 position on the Bainbridge Island City Council, and Derek Villanueva is a write-in candidate for the Commissioner Position 3 seat on the board for the Bainbridge Island Metropolitan Park & Recreation District.

According to the Kitsap County Auditor’s Office, the elections department will count write-in votes for those two races, but the specific results of how many votes that the two Bainbridge write-in candidates received will not be posted on the Kitsap County website as ballots are tallied.

Instead, the vote tally will reflect the total number of write-in votes, without names attached.

Steve Gardner of the Kitsap County Auditor’s Office said that while the write-in votes will be counted for the write-in candidates, state law prevents the breakdown from being immediately posted.

“We count them, but we don’t post them,” Gardner said.

That’s because all counties must match the manner they publish ballot results online.

“We are all required to post things the same way,” Gardner explained.

That said, if the number of write-in votes are enough to change the results in either race — then those write-in vote tallies will be announced.

“We are counting those votes, we are just not going to post them, because we are not allowed to — until it becomes a point where there are enough write-in votes to cause a difference in the race,” Gardner said.

The Kitsap County Elections Division said the first results will be posted online by 8:15 p.m. Election Day, Tuesday, Nov. 5.

A majority of the Bainbridge Island City Council — four seats of seven — will be decided during the Nov. 5 General Election.

Anthony Oddo and Kirsten Hytopoulos are seeking the at-large, Council District 1 position.

The council’s District 2, North Ward position has two candidates, incumbent Councilman Kol Medina and challenger Kevin Fetterly.

For the council’s District 4 Central Ward position, two names will be on the ballot, but there are three announced candidates.

Incumbent Leslie Schneider is seeking a full term on the council, and the challenger is Grayson William Wildsmith, with Bellas as a write-in candidate.

For the council’s District 6 South Ward position, Michael Pollock is looking to unseat incumbent Sarah Blossom.