Chelan County Elections released updated Special Election results today for the new Lake Chelan Hospital construction bond measure. Results increased as new ballots were counted that arrived via mail and from ballot boxes the day of the election Tuesday, April 25, 2017.
The new results show further confirmation of the community’s support for a new Lake Chelan Community Hospital. Results show 64.87% approval for the new hospital with 2,750 Yes votes, and 35.13% or 1,489 No votes.
Report from April 25, 2017
Today, April 25, 2017, the Special Election was held for Chelan County Hospital District #2 regarding the proposed Hospital Bond for a new Lake Chelan Community Hospital.
Chelan County Elections released these initial election results just after 8 p.m. on April 25. You can see the published results at the Chelan County Elections website.
So far, voters are approving the Bond at a rate of 64,56% with a total of 2,386 yes votes and 1,310 no votes.
More election results will be released this coming Friday, April 28, 2017, at 4 p.m.
According to Chelan County Auditor Skip Moore, there was enough voter participation in the Special Election to meet the 40% baseline validation of the election. This means that at least 40% of voters that participated in the previous General Election participated in this Special Election.
Moore explained that there were 6,281 ballots sent out to registered voters in the district, and Chelan County had received 3,706 ballots back as of 4 p.m. on April 25. Elections teams will be picking up additional ballots from area ballot boxes that are locked at 8 p.m. tonight. Other ballots are expected to arrive later via mail. As long as these ballots have a valid postmark of April 25, they will be counted up until the election certification date of May 5, 2017.
In order to pass the Hospital Bond, a 60% approval vote is needed.
We will continue to follow the story and also publish election results on GoLakeChelan.com.
See our previous article published on April 25, 2017 – New hospital on its way to Lake Chelan; some initial reactions to election results
(By Christine Eagar)