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Fri, Nov 06, 2015, 4:37 pm // John Servais
The jail sales tax is dead. Rejected by the voters of Whatcom County. A simple majority of 51.42% of voters has said 'NO' to the measure that was strongly promoted by the three most powerful men of Whatcom County government: Prosecuting Attorney David McEachran, County Executive Jack Louws, and Sheriff Bill Elfo. The citizens said no.
Virtually all ballots have now been counted for this election. At most, maybe 600 challenged votes remain to be added to the yes or no tally for this measure. It has failed. What will happen next is a topic for later.
Satpal Sidhu has won the County Council seat with a 50.71% total to 49.29% for Kathy Kershner; 29,160 votes for Sidhu and 28,339 for Kershner. With the difference over one half of one percent, there will be no automatic recount, although one could be requested and paid for by someone.
All other contests were decided by yesterday or on election night last Tuesday. You can click over to the auditor's election returns web page to read all the numbers. We are also keeping that link at the top of the right side column of links.
The voter turnout as of today is 60,672. After counting the challened ballots in the next two weeks, the turnout will be right about 61,000. This will be a 47% voter turnout. Average over the years for Whatcom County is 59% turnout, with a high of 83% for the 2012 presidential election. With no city of Bellingham challengers to City Council and mayoral seats, the Bellingham turnout will probably be shown to be lower than the rural county.
Today, Friday, only 329 ballots were received in the mail and 197 of them were invalid as postmarked after 8 pm Tuesday. Some more valid ones could show up Saturday as the postal service is slow in delivering. And there remain 669 challenged votes, most of which simply require a signature or verification of a signature. Those voters are being contacted and have a couple weeks to show up and confirm the validity of their ballot. These few late votes will not change the results of any of the elections. In total, 61,471 ballots were received.
The 14 ballot drop boxes that County Auditor Debbie Adelstein has been placing around the county are really working. Two thirds of all ballots returned were dropped into the boxes. 66.3% to be exact. Only a third were mailed. You can view a map - below - of where all the boxes were located in the county. Six new ones were added this year - and more may be added for the next election. Point Roberts and Lummi Island are two places being considered. Anyway, it is nice to know the drop boxes are working so well. Most of us have to hunt for a stamp these days.
We want to thank our Auditor, Debbie Adelstein and her Chief Deputy, Diana Bradrick, for managing the ballot processing so well this week. Diana is also the Elections Supervisor and has put in a full week. We are pleased to have final results before the weekend, despite the slow deliveries of the US Postal Service.
Fri, Nov 06, 2015, 4:37 pm // John ServaisSatpal Sidhu wins council seat. Virtually all the ballots are now counted. Challenges and a few special are left.
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Sat, Oct 31, 2015, 2:02 am // John ServaisAs an independent citizen and political junkie, here is how I am voting - with brief reasons for my choices.
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Tue, Oct 20, 2015, 9:25 am // John ServaisCounty Executive - and candidate for reelection -Jack Louws has written county officials with his regrets over jail mailer.
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Sun, Oct 18, 2015, 11:37 am // John ServaisThe jail sales tax proposition is a road to perdition for our county. It is a waste and has been deceptively promoted.
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Tue, Sep 22, 2015, 4:54 pm // John ServaisThere is a good alternative for a decent jail - but we first must vote down the jail sales tax proposal in November.
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Mon, Nov 18, 2013, 10:59 am // Riley SweeneyThe county takes two big steps forward on the new jail, while still missing the point
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Sun, Jul 14, 2013, 10:25 am // John ServaisThe explosion of hate and racist rhetoric is the saddest aspect of the verdict. The evidence was complicated and the verdict difficult to make.
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Fri, Jul 12, 2013, 8:29 am // John ServaisRiley Sweeney has a short but important expose over at the Political Junkie today.
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Mon, Jun 10, 2013, 12:53 pm // John ServaisEdward Snowden is a very courageous patriot, in the opinion of the publisher of NWCitizen.
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Fri, May 31, 2013, 4:43 pm // John ServaisLuba Pekisheva has been given a confusing run around in our Whatcom County courts for over three years. Judges, prosecutors and clerks have all participated.
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Mon, Sep 17, 2012, 9:45 am // John ServaisPrecedent is plentiful of the Feds censoring free speech and videos - but double standard is protecting anti-Islam film.
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Sun, Aug 19, 2012, 10:09 pm // John ServaisWikileaks founder spoke from a safe open window to the people of the world. His words are important to the future of democracy and freedoms.
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Thu, Aug 09, 2012, 8:30 pm // Larry HorowitzQuestions raised by the Superior Court's barring of the Bellingham Community Bill of Rights initiative from being placed on the ballot.
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Fri, Jul 20, 2012, 4:44 pm // Riley SweeneyRiley gathers quotes, video footage and pictures from the recent tea party forum
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Tue, Apr 10, 2012, 7:52 pm // John ServaisAn illegal serial Port Commission meeting should be investigated by the State Auditor, and two commissioners should be made accountable for their actions.
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Sun, Mar 18, 2012, 10:58 pm // John ServaisA new private website displays crimes by dates, on a Bellingham map, or by graphs for all citizens to use.
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Mon, Jan 30, 2012, 11:58 pm // Riley SweeneyRiley updates us on the latest facts coming to light about City of Bellingham employee moonlighting
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Thu, Jan 19, 2012, 1:17 am // John ServaisNWCitizen.com went black for Wednesday, Jan 18, 2012, as a protest against proposed legislation, SOPA and PIPA. Here is what was posted.
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Tue, Jan 17, 2012, 7:28 pm // John ServaisOn Wednesday, thousands of websites will go dark to show opposition to SOPA. I will be posting a single article explaining who SOPA is so bad.
Sun, Jan 01, 2012, 1:05 am // John ServaisA third note on Jan 1 about the Herald photos with links. And previous thoughts on the trivia around the militarized evictions.
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Fri, Dec 30, 2011, 12:59 pm // Wendy HarrisDecide for yourself if this blog comment, posted under my own name, should have been flagged and removed from the Bellingham Herald Online Edition.
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Tue, Dec 27, 2011, 12:55 pm // Riley SweeneyRiley questions Pike's timing, and Occupy's choice of tactics
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Thu, Dec 15, 2011, 1:44 pm // Riley SweeneyLocal blogger Shane Roth files ethical complaint over Crawford's sweetheart deals
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Mon, Nov 28, 2011, 5:29 pm // Riley SweeneyThe Political Junkie breaks a story of employee moonlighting within city of Bellingham
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Mon, Nov 21, 2011, 1:00 am // Guest writerWith budget woes, Bellingham passes on safety in favor of cash. Starting in 2008, Bellingham officials were coached by ATS on how to get Red Light cameras through…
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Sat, Nov 05, 2011, 5:14 am // Riley SweeneyRemember, remember the fifth of November . . .
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Thu, Oct 20, 2011, 6:57 am // Riley SweeneyRiley makes a pitch for Steve Harris as your next sheriff
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