King County posted the latest update to the vote count this afternoon, to include 90% of the absentee ballots. No changes to the projected outcomes that have already been reported -- three incumbent City Council members appear to be ousted as are the three incumbent school board members. The district elections referendum appears to have been conclusively defeated.
Voter turnout was a distrubingly low 35% -- only 127,644 out of 362,270 registered voters bothered to vote. Four years ago in a similar non-mayoral election, 182,729 out of 352,090, or 52% showed up at the polls.
This year's low rate of participation means that the new School Board and City Council members each had the support of somewhere in the range of 15 - 19% of the city's registered voters. I hope none of them will start acting like this is any kind of a mandate.Posted by Stefan Sharkansky at November 07, 2003 05:46 PM