Photo by Steve Shay
Left, West Seattle resident and King County Councilmember Joe McDermott appears jubilant as President Obama's reelection appears on projection TV's at the Westin Hotel downtown Tuesday night. On right, his domestic partner, Michael Culpepper. Right, Jan Drago, former KC & City councilmember now with the Downtown Seattle Association, Women’s Political Caucus, Governor Booth Gardner’s Task Force on Homelessness. She looks at election results, also at the Westin, with travel guru Rick Steves of Edmonds, a proponent of marijuana legalization. Click on photo for SLIDESHOW.

SLIDESHOW & UPDATE 3 Election Watch: Measures and candidate races we’re keeping an eye on

Annexation rejected, Marijuana decriminalization and same sex marriage approved

UPDATE 6:40pm Wednesday Nov. 7

BALLOT MEASURES
*Descriptions on measures from King County Elections

Seattle
General Obligation Bonds - $290,000,000 (Alaskan Way Seawall)

The City Council of the City of Seattle, Washington, passed Ordinance No. 123922, concerning funding for the Alaskan Way seawall and associated infrastructure.

This proposition would address public safety risks and seismic hazards by authorizing the City to incur costs related to the design, construction, renovation, improvement and replacement of the Alaskan Way seawall and associated public facilities and infrastructure, including City-owned waterfront piers; issue no more than $290,000,000 of general obligation bonds maturing within 30 years; and levy annual excess property taxes to repay the bonds, all as provided in Ordinance No. 123922.

Approved
Votes 152,234 Percent 76.9
Rejected
Votes 45,726 Percent 23.09

King County
Proposed Annexation to the City of Burien
Shall that area of unincorporated King County known as the North Highline Area “Y” Annexation Area as legally described in City of Burien Resolution No. 330 be annexed to the City of Burien?

For annexation
Votes 1,278 Percent 35.73
Against annexation
Votes 2,298 Percent 64.26

Regular Property Tax Levy for Automated Fingerprint Identification System (AFIS) Services
The King County council has passed Ordinance No. 17381 concerning this proposition for the automated fingerprint identification system (AFIS) levy. This proposition would replace an expiring levy and fund continued operation of the regional AFIS program, which provides enhanced forensic fingerprint and palmprint technology and services to identify criminals and aid in convictions. It would authorize King County to levy an additional property tax of $0.0592 (5.92 cents) per $1,000 of assessed valuation for collection in 2013 and authorize annual increases by the percentage increase in the consumer price index or 1%, whichever is greater, with a maximum increase of 3%, for the five succeeding years.

Approved
Votes 331,123
Rejected
Votes 226,259

Statewide
Initiative Measure No. 502 (concerns marijuana)
This measure would license and regulate marijuana production, distribution, and possession for persons over twenty-one; remove state-law criminal and civil penalties for activities that it authorizes; tax marijuana sales; and earmark marijuana-related revenues.

Yes
Votes 378,766
No
Votes 215,670

Referendum Measure No. 74 (concerns marriage for same-sex couples)
The legislature passed Engrossed Substitute Senate Bill 6239 concerning marriage for same-sex couples, modified domestic-partnership law, and religious freedom, and voters have filed a sufficient referendum petition on this bill.

This bill would allow same-sex couples to marry, preserve domestic partnerships only for seniors, and preserve the right of clergy or religious organizations to refuse to perform, recognize, or accommodate any marriage ceremony.

Approved
Votes 391,165

Rejected
Votes 204,536

NOTE: These are King County results only thus far.

Initiative Measure No. 1240 – (concerns creation of a public charter school system)
This measure would authorize up to forty publicly-funded charter schools open to all students, operated through approved, nonreligious, nonprofit organizations, with government oversight; and modify certain laws applicable to them as public schools.

Yes
Votes 278,761
No
Votes 292,797

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CANDIDATES ON THE BALLOT

King County Sheriff unexpired 1 year term

Steve Strachan
John Urqhart

Steve Strachan
Votes 204,902
John Urquhart
Votes 276,935
Write-in
Votes 1,903 Percent 0.39

State Representative Leg. District No. 34, Position 1: Eileen L. Cody (D) vs. William Giammarese (D)

Eileen L. Cody
Votes 33,948
William Giammarese
Votes 5,335
State Representative Leg. District No. 34, Position 2: Joe Fitzgibbon (D, unopposed)

Joe Fitzgibbon
Votes 33,710
Percent 98.74

Click on photo for SLIDESHOW of Westin Hotel election party. Results are below the quotes at story top. New results are expected at 6:30 p.m. on Nov. 7

UPDATE: 9:15 AM, Nov. 7

Politicians with West Seattle connections shared their thoughts about President Obama's victory at the Westin Hotel election party Tuesday night with the West Seattle Herald:

King County Executive, West Seattle resident Dow Constantine

"They've just called Colorado for Barack Obama. We're starting to see the numbers really rack up for the president now. What you're seeing here is a cementing of the shift that happened four years ago in American politics. The nation is becoming somewhat more urban. The old right-wing Republican line, people just aren't buying it anymore. The Democratic party has moved to the center and started to really articulate how it can move this country forward in the 21st century. People have gravitated to that message. People are not going to follow the Republicans over that cliff that the Tea Party is trying to take us over unless they rethink their message.

"This country really does fundamentally want to take care of, and help, those who need a hand to get back on their feet and start becoming self-reliant. We're doing a great job with that in King County. This administration has recognized the good job King County has done under Executive Sims and under my administration to help get people not just a hand out but a hand up to be able to be full contributors to society. They're going to help us take that program to a regional and I think national level."

Frank Inslee, the younger brother of apparent new governor Jay. Frank teaches art and coaches weight lifting in high school in Bellingham. Both attended Shorewood School in White Center, then attended Ingraham HS

"Jay is so good at listening to both sides and is very open to making global decisions. He's a visionary and looks down the road, not just making temporary decisions to appease the crowd. He's really going to help the nation at large as well as our state."

Mayor Mike McGinn:

"It's great to see the presidential results, and I'm anxiously awaiting the local results. I'm hitting' refresh. I'm hitting refresh. (On his smart phone) It's just a state by state thing. It looks like Obama's been leading in the battlegrounds, which is great."

State Rep. Joe Fitzgibbon, West Seattle, Burien

"It feels great. We knew (President Obama) had done everything right to get to this point. After four years of I think some really important accomplishments it's really exciting to see that validated. Clearly the voters are appreciative of what the president has done in office. It's exciting (for me) to get to play a role in the reelection of a president who has done great things for this country and I am proud to be a part of it."

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UPDATE: 9:00 PM, Nov. 6

Throughout the evening of Nov. 6 and into the rest of the week we’ll be watching election returns and posting the latest results here. Any measures or candidates not covered here can also be found at the King County Elections website.

Next update expected at 6:30 p.m., Nov. 7. King County elections delayed results on the 7th by two hours.

BALLOT MEASURES
*Descriptions on measures from King County Elections

Seattle
General Obligation Bonds - $290,000,000 (Alaskan Way Seawall)

The City Council of the City of Seattle, Washington, passed Ordinance No. 123922, concerning funding for the Alaskan Way seawall and associated infrastructure.

This proposition would address public safety risks and seismic hazards by authorizing the City to incur costs related to the design, construction, renovation, improvement and replacement of the Alaskan Way seawall and associated public facilities and infrastructure, including City-owned waterfront piers; issue no more than $290,000,000 of general obligation bonds maturing within 30 years; and levy annual excess property taxes to repay the bonds, all as provided in Ordinance No. 123922.

Approved
Votes 138,835 Percent 76.95
Rejected
Votes 41,585 Percent 23.04

King County
Proposed Annexation to the City of Burien
Shall that area of unincorporated King County known as the North Highline Area “Y” Annexation Area as legally described in City of Burien Resolution No. 330 be annexed to the City of Burien?

For annexation
Votes 1,195
Percent 36.43
Against annexation
Votes 2,085
Percent 63.56

Regular Property Tax Levy for Automated Fingerprint Identification System (AFIS) Services
The King County council has passed Ordinance No. 17381 concerning this proposition for the automated fingerprint identification system (AFIS) levy. This proposition would replace an expiring levy and fund continued operation of the regional AFIS program, which provides enhanced forensic fingerprint and palmprint technology and services to identify criminals and aid in convictions. It would authorize King County to levy an additional property tax of $0.0592 (5.92 cents) per $1,000 of assessed valuation for collection in 2013 and authorize annual increases by the percentage increase in the consumer price index or 1%, whichever is greater, with a maximum increase of 3%, for the five succeeding years.

Approved
Votes 302,147 Percent 59.29
Rejected
Votes 207,446 Percent40.7

Statewide
Initiative Measure No. 502 (concerns marijuana)
This measure would license and regulate marijuana production, distribution, and possession for persons over twenty-one; remove state-law criminal and civil penalties for activities that it authorizes; tax marijuana sales; and earmark marijuana-related revenues.

Yes
Votes 346,224 Percent 63.82
No
Votes 196,246 Percent 36.17

Referendum Measure No. 74 (concerns marriage for same-sex couples)
The legislature passed Engrossed Substitute Senate Bill 6239 concerning marriage for same-sex couples, modified domestic-partnership law, and religious freedom, and voters have filed a sufficient referendum petition on this bill.

This bill would allow same-sex couples to marry, preserve domestic partnerships only for seniors, and preserve the right of clergy or religious organizations to refuse to perform, recognize, or accommodate any marriage ceremony.

Approved
Votes 355,902 Percent 65.47
Rejected
Votes 187,630 Percent 34.52

NOTE: These are King County results only thus far.

Initiative Measure No. 1240 – (concerns creation of a public charter school system)
This measure would authorize up to forty publicly-funded charter schools open to all students, operated through approved, nonreligious, nonprofit organizations, with government oversight; and modify certain laws applicable to them as public schools.

Yes
Votes 254,871 Percent 48.85
No
Votes 266,768 Percent 51.14

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CANDIDATES ON THE BALLOT

King County Sheriff unexpired 1 year term

Steve Strachan
John Urqhart

Steve Strachan
Votes 187,491 Percent 42.23
John Urquhart
Votes 254,600 Percent 57.35
Write-in
Votes 1,786 Percent 0.4

State Representative Leg. District No. 34, Position 1: Eileen L. Cody (D) vs. William Giammarese (D)

Eileen L. Cody
Votes 30,450 Percent 85.77
William Giammarese
Votes 4,815 Percent 13.56
State Representative Leg. District No. 34, Position 2: Joe Fitzgibbon (D, unopposed)

Joe Fitzgibbon
Votes 30,320
Percent 98.74

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