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Levy election is Tuesday

In the final days before the Tuesday, March 12, levy vote, Central Kitsap Education Association (CKEA) members are hard at work calling registered voters and distributing “Levy Yes” signs.

“We are feeling very optimistic about the outcome. It is a lot quieter that we have seen in the past, and there is no active ‘no’ campaign,” said Cheryl Brown, president of the teachers’ union. “We feel very encouraged that this will be a pass.”

The Kitsap County Auditor’s Office mailed 22,056 absentee ballots to Central Kitsap voters. Dolores Gilmore, elections manager for the Auditor’s Office, said 9,692 have been returned.

“Usually we hope to get, for overall return, about 50 percent for special elections. For the last couple special elections, we have had between 45 and 50 (percent),” Gilmore said.

On election day, CKEA members will be poll watching — or monitoring who has voted and calling to remind people who haven’t visited the polls, Brown said.

The election will be certified March 22, but preliminary results will be available by about 8:15 p.m. Tuesday, Gilmore said.

“Sometimes if the race is really close, you have to wait to certify. If it is not too close, we should have a pretty good idea by the following Friday,” Gilmore said.

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