Renton School District Measures on Your February 2019 Special Election Ballot

  Community Interest

by Devin Chicras

Over half a million voters in King County were just sent ballots for the February 12th, 2019 Special Election. For West Hill voters, Renton School District has asked us to weigh in on a pair of funding measures. Here’s what you need to know about your ballot and how to make sure your vote is counted.

West Hill Community Association - Materials at National Voter Registration Day at Skyway Library September 25 2018

Are you registered to vote?

King County Elections mailed out ballots on Wednesday, January 23rd. If you don’t receive a ballot in your mailbox – your registration may be inactive or your address may need to be updated. If you moved or changed your name, you can easily update both with just a few clicks on MyVote. To log in, all you need is your name and birthdate.

The deadline to update your information online for the February special election was Monday, January 14, 2019 – but don’t let that stop you from keeping your profile updated for future elections.

If you haven’t registered yet but are eligible, registering online may make you eligible for the next election, but not this one. To vote in the February Special Election, you must register in-person at King County Elections by Monday, February 4th. Learn more about registration (and where to go to register in person).

Did you know: If you served time for a felony, your right to vote can still be restored in the state of Washington if you’re no longer under Department of Corrections custody. If you were previously registered, you must re-register.

West Hill Community Association - T-Rex Gets Out the Vote at 2018 Midterms Election Day Assistance at Skyway Library
T-Rex Gets Out the Vote at WHCA’s 2018 Midterms Election Day Assistance at Skyway Library

Some handy tips for voting

Need a replacement ballot? Download your printable ballot with MyVote.

Lose the stub! Be sure to remove and recycle the stub at the top of the ballot before stuffing in the security envelope, and then stuffing and sealing that into the mailing envelope. If you had to reopen your sealed envelope or your envelope was lost or damaged, a replacement can be picked up at King County Elections or printed out from their website.

You don’t need to vote on everything on your ballot. Leaving a measure or race on your ballot without any bubbles filled won’t disqualify your ballot. Also, King County Elections makes every effort to count your ballot and determine your intent: “If your ballot will not be read properly due to stray marks, corrections, or the wrong color ink, it is reviewed by a team of two people to ensure the votes are counted correctly. We use the Voter Intent Manual created by the Office of the Secretary of State to ensure we are counting your votes as you intended.” Watch a live video of the action when processing starts, or check out the virtual tour.

Don’t procrastinate! You can return your ballot as soon as you receive and complete it. Drop Boxes opened on Thursday, January 24th and close promptly at 8pm on Election Day. You can also put it in the mail – no stamp needed. Just make sure your ballot is in the mail and postmarked by Election Day to be counted.

Don’t forget to sign and date the back of your envelope – AND add your email address or phone number. Many folks miss this, but if your signature is contested (and they do verify every single one), this gives King County Elections a way to give you a heads up that a signature challenge form is on its way (you can also download and print a form on your My Voter Information page. It’s important to complete and return this form right away, as a delay might result in your ballot not being counted unless it’s in by the date the election is certified on February 22nd.

Need extra assistance filling out your ballot? Learn about accessible voting options, and where Accessible Voting Centers are located.

West Hill Community Association - Community Coffee Hour Vote Tracking at Skyway Library November 2018
West Hill Community Association – Community Coffee Hour Vote Tracking at Skyway Library November 2018

Stay tuned for results

Already voted? Be sure to track your ballot until its marked as counted.

Show off! Get your digital “I Voted!” sticker to share on social media.

Ballot return statistics will start being posted online on Thursday, January 24th.

Election results will be posted online by 8:15pm on Election Day, Tuesday, February 12th. The final results will be certified on Friday, February 22nd.

King County Elections - February 2019 Special Ballot
King County Elections – February 2019 Special Ballot

Here’s what’s on your ballot

Renton School District No. 403 – Proposition No. 1

Building for Excellence Bonds to Improve, Construct and Renovate School Facilities

The Board of Directors of Renton School District No. 403 adopted Resolution No. 06-18/19, concerning a proposition to improve safety, educational opportunities and outdated infrastructure. This proposition would authorize the District to: make District-wide safety and security improvements; construct a new elementary school in Hazen Feeder Area; acquire land; provide classrooms and learning spaces for educational programs (including science and preschool); make building, accessibility and site improvements; make District-wide critical needs improvements; issue no more than $249,600,000 of general obligation bonds maturing within 21 years; and levy annual excess property taxes to repay the bonds, all as provided in Resolution No. 06-18/19. 

Passage requires 60% yes vote with a minimum turnout of 18,578 voters.

For questions about this measure, contact Susan Smith Leland, Assistant Superintendent of Finance and Operations, at 425-204-2387 or [email protected]


Renton School District No. 403 – Proposition No. 2

Replacement Educational Programs and Operations Levy

The Board of Directors of Renton School District No. 403 adopted Resolution No. 07-18/19 concerning a proposition for a replacement levy for education. This proposition would authorize the District to levy the following excess taxes, to replace an expiring levy, on all taxable property within the District, for support of educational programs and operations expenses not funded by the State:

Collection YearEstimated Levy Rate /
$1,000 Assessed Value
Levy Amount
2020$1.50$56,000,000
2021$1.50$58,000,000
2022$1.50$59,000,000

all as provided in Resolution No. 07-18/19 and subject to legal limits on levy rates and amounts at the time of levy.

This measure requires a Simple Majority to pass.

For questions about this measure, contact Susan Smith Leland, Assistant Superintendent of Finance and Operations, at 425-204-2387 or [email protected]

West Hill Community Association - Volunteers at 2018 Midterms Election Day Assistance at Skyway Library
West Hill Community Association – Volunteers at 2018 Midterms Election Day Assistance at Skyway Library

Stay involved in your democracy!

In addition to keeping your registration active, staying informed, and voting in each election, help us increase voter registration and turnout in West Hill – share this post with neighbors, or visit King County Elections’ Education & Outreach page to find sharable graphics, interactive maps, find out how to change your language preference or take a tour of King County Elections’ HQ, and much more.