Students from Tacoma’s Science and Math Institute (SAMI) will be downtown after 3 p.m. today, urging Tacoma voters to turn in their ballots for Tuesday’s school bond election.
The $500 million bond proposal would build a permanent campus for SAMI, which is currently housed in portable buildings at Point Defiance Park. It also includes 13 other major school construction and remodeling projects, along with many small improvement projects at schools citywide.
Ballots must be mailed or dropped off in a county elections drop box by Tuesday.
In addition to needing a 60-percent “yes” vote to pass, a bond measure also needs a certain number of voters to participate to validate the election. That number is based on voter turnout in the most recent November general election. Pierce County calculates the number needed to validate the Tacoma election is 35,773. Bond campaigners say that the county reported earlier today that elections officials had received just over 23,000.