Nearly 44,500 of 375,460 registered voters have cast ballots in the all-mail Feb. 8 special election, according to figures from the Pierce County Auditor’s office. That’s just shy of 12 percent of the number of ballots issued.
There are three measures on the Feb. 8 ballot. One is nearly countywide, two are specific to geographic areas. They are:
Pierce Transit Proposition 1: The bus agency seeks to a three-tenths of 1 percent sales tax increase. The money would help fund bus service. Without the additional money, the transit agency says it will have to cut services by about 35 percent.
Peninsula School District Proposition 1: A $78 million bond issue that would raise money to to pay for renovation and maintenance projects at schools across the 9,000-student district. It also would provide the funds to buy land for a new elementary school.
Lakewood Fire Department Proposition 1: A proposal to merge the Lakewood and University Place fire departments into one agency, West Pierce Fire and Rescue.
The Pierce Transit and fire district measures require a simple majority to pass; the school bond needs a 60-percent supermajority for approval.
As of this afternoon, nearly 15 percent of the ballots in the Peninsula election had been cast and returned; 13 percent of the fire district ballots were in; and about 12 percent of the Pierce Transit ballots had been received.
You can see the auditor’s spreadsheet here.