The outcome of local races and ballot measures did not change when the latest count from Tuesday’s election was posted Thursday.
More than 24,000 ballots were counted as of Thursday afternoon, and about 15,000 remain, according to the Yakima County Auditor’s Office. So things could still change before the election is certified Nov. 26.
Among the tighter races, the most notable development Thursday was the shrinking margin of defeat for a $10 million Toppenish School District levy. Support for the levy stood at 47.29% at the end of counting Tuesday and slipped to 46.48% after Wednesday’s counting. But it rebounded to 48.66% on Thursday, with 420 no votes to 398 votes in favor. A simple majority is required for it to pass.
Ballot return numbers were not updated Thursday, so the participation rate is still listed at 32.97%, topping the turnout rates in the 2017 and 2015 general elections.