ELECTION 2019: 6th round of results

checkbox.jpgOne week after the voting ended, vote-counting continues. It’s mostly a daily trickle from now on, so this will be our last daily update, but here’s where the Seattle City Council District 1 vote totals stand after today’s results report:

Lisa Herbold – 19,835 – 55.71 %
Phil Tavel – 15,638 – 43.92 %

Comparing today’s ballot-return stats to the number counted so far, fewer than 600 remain uncounted in D-1. Turnout for this district is already above 54 percent; 2015 turnout was 45 percent, with ~10,000 fewer ballots returned, ~7,500 fewer registered voters. The final results will be certified in 2 weeks.

31 Replies to "ELECTION 2019: 6th round of results"

  • Michelle November 12, 2019 (5:13 pm)

    Great to see increased voter participation!

  • Dusty Bottoms November 12, 2019 (7:06 pm)

    What’s the population of West Seattle? Do we know how many eligible voters live over here?

  • Jort November 12, 2019 (8:39 pm)

    So a majority of registered voters submitted ballots, AND a majority of those voted for Lisa? The mandate could not be more clear, and I hope Lisa immediately begins work on bold, progressive legislation. The question of whether Seattle is a liberal or moderate city is completely and overwhelmingly decided, and I will be expecting liberal policies to match our liberal electorate. The time for attempting to appease Amazon and the Seattle Times Comment Section is gone. 

    • Chris Stripinis November 12, 2019 (9:57 pm)

      That liberal mandate seems to be the case.   I just read this interesting op-ed about how our new council has the perfect opportunity to enact taxes on big business and high earners:  https://crosscut.com/2019/11/seattle-tax-big-business-now-more-possible-ever

    • Olafur November 12, 2019 (10:20 pm)

      Or, perhaps, another way we can view this is that more than 44% of those who cast a vote have actually cast it for someone other than Herbold.  But rather than debating whether the votes of ~30% of all registered voters in our district (55.71% of 54%) can be construed as a “mandate,” perhaps we can hope that in her next term, Herbold will be responsive, inclusive, and willing to work toward solutions that meet the needs of an actual majority of West Seattle residents, regardless of how they did or didn’t vote in this election.  Her job now is to represent ALL of us, but the petty gloating of a few of her constituents will not help her to succeed.  We’re all in this together now.

      • Nolan November 13, 2019 (2:14 am)

        What statistical data, polling, etc. do you have to back up your claim that Herbold previously did not “meet the needs of an actual majority” (whatever that means)?

        Describing Herbold as winning only 30% of registered voters is a bad-faith statement and you know it: the people who didn’t vote, by definition, didn’t vote against her. She won almost 56% of voters.

      • Lagartija Nick November 13, 2019 (8:38 am)

        Olafur, the statement “another way we can view this” is tantamount to the phrase “alternative facts” which are, in fact, lies.

    • AvalonTom November 13, 2019 (6:01 am)

      The people who dont vote, dont count. I really have no interest in their opinion. Voting is so easy in this state that if you are not bothered to take the 5 min to fill out the ballot then you are in some ways voting for the incumbent as you dont see any reason for change. We can split hairs if this was or was not a mandate but the bottom line is that Amazon / Business first needed to be beat at the polls before any meaningful change can happen.  I for one look forward for all the Safe Seattle NIMBY’s to crawl back under the rock for a few years. Im sure they will be back soon enough thinking that another conservative wave is coming.  I have worked with Mrs. Herbold on homeless and sound transit issues and would at this point consider myself an active member of the community. I’m glad she won and I look forward to working with her towards a better future. I dont worry about what happens to Mr. Bazos, he will be just fine, trust me.

      • Peter November 13, 2019 (8:31 am)

        Don’t worry, the professional liars Jason Rantz and Domi Monson will keep the fires lit under the unsafe Seattle crowd and their far right wing agenda of spreading hatred towards all non rich people and anyone who doesn’t drive a car.

      • KM November 13, 2019 (8:47 am)

        The people who didn’t vote absolutely do matter and do count. They are our neighbors and they matter just as much as those of us who voted. Non-voters have the right to be represented by the leadership in the city just as much as voters. They also get to complain! Voters abstain for many reasons, not just ease of doing so.

        • Ron Swanson November 13, 2019 (10:07 am)

          Nope, if you don’t vote, you don’t count. Who would listen to the complaints of a person who couldn’t be bothered to spend fifteen minutes doing the easiest bit of civic participation possible?

          • KM November 13, 2019 (2:23 pm)

            Ron, invalidating people who don’t participate in society the way you want them to is a very, very dark path to go down. (Not to mention that voting isn’t available to everyone in our community.)

    • Go Progressive November 13, 2019 (1:51 pm)

      Absolutely Jort- I’m anxious to see Councilmember Herbold’s “progressive” policy on full display as the Port of Seattle and the Cruise Line industry continue to tear down SODO as we know it & add more cruise terminals. It isn’t like cruise lines aren’t the worst polluters and employers breathing air or anything.

      A true “progressive” will absolutely lead the charge to stand up against this. She certainly won’t back down to the Port, Longshore unions and their corporate allies in the cruise industry, would she? 

  • Millie November 12, 2019 (10:16 pm)

    An observation, the re-elected Councilmember does not just represent the 19,835 people casting a ballot for her.  She was elected to represent the entire population of District One and it’s needs and, ultimately, all residents of the City of Seattle.  Perhaps, one should be reminded that it is not only the 19,835 voters that pay City taxes and are impacted.   Decisions should be considered and made that help the greater number of citizens (be they liberal/moderate or conservative).   Just a thought!

    • Nolan November 13, 2019 (2:23 am)

      Please do us all a favor and say whatever it is you want to say, rather than vacuously dancing around it. We literally just had an election. You know, the process where a candidate wins office by earning the greatest number of citizens’ votes (be they liberal/moderate or conservative)?

    • CAM November 13, 2019 (9:29 am)

      Just because you disagree with a decision doesn’t mean it isn’t beneficial to you and society as a whole. 

  • HTB November 13, 2019 (9:03 am)

    The problem is that the Amazon’s and high earners of the world have other options. I work in tech and I don’t relish having to commute from West Seattle to the Eastside when all the companies move there. I also don’t want to pay more in taxes — especially when the money will go toward housing people who won’t house themselves.

  • CAM November 13, 2019 (9:30 am)

    I heard on the radio this morning that other challengers who are trailing by fewer votes are offering concession speeches. Has Mr. Tavel conceded the race yet?

  • Scubafrog November 13, 2019 (1:30 pm)

    What a Mandate for Lisa and Sawant!  It looks like Seattle needs to look into Taxing corporations, the 0% corporate tax rate is an abomination.  The People have spoken!  NO to amazon et al!

    • neighbor November 13, 2019 (3:43 pm)

      You do know that a substantial chunk of the city budget comes from taxes on businesses, right? I ask because your comment implies otherwise.

  • TM7302 November 13, 2019 (1:43 pm)

    Whatever…  I’ve lived in District 1 since 2012 and it isn’t getting any better… https://westseattleblog.com/2019/11/west-seattle-crime-watch-highland-park-shooting/

    • Scubafrog November 13, 2019 (4:14 pm)

      We have an extremely low crime rate, booming economy, you can cherry-pick, but we really do live in a special place.  Our small businesses are thriving, people love it here.  I’d never tell you to leave, we welcome your tax money.  My family’s been here for generations.  You certainly get your say, I’m no more of a West Seattleite than you.  Did you expect an oasis of no crime?  That doesn’t exist.  While close to perfect, West Seattle has its growing pains like anywhere.

  • TJ November 13, 2019 (2:40 pm)

    The voters have spoken that they want these council members agendas to come to fruition. If they can’t pass a head tax now they have no one to blame but themselves. While I am not in favor of a head tax, I actually hope they get it thru. I would be happy to see these companies start to move operations out of Seattle. While Amazon can’t up and completely leave in a whim, it can happen over years. Fine if it’s on the other side of the country, or if it’s across the lake in Bellevue. This region needs to spread out these businesses anyways. Sprawl has been great for the American home ownership dream, but the jobs out in the burbs hasn’t followed. And while I was all for $30 tabs, I hope the lawsuits here actually win. That will push anger over the top in the Sound Transit district outside of Seattle, which I think will kill any future Sound Transit proposals 

  • MJ November 13, 2019 (6:03 pm)

    The anti business comments are very concerning.  Amazon has created 10’s of thousands of jobs.  Each of these jobs creates many many more.  Right now anyone wanting a job in Seattle should be able to find one, I see help wanted signs all over the place.  HTB is correct that people need to house themselves, work is available. The Council needs to hold people accountable.

    • Scubafrog November 13, 2019 (9:21 pm)

      Amazon has created massive homelessness.  Traffic.  And skyrocketing living costs. They don’t  give back to the community (they’re building 1 homeless shelter?).  Amazon hasn’t been a good neighbor.  Corporations have a responsibility to their cities to give back, it’s an ethical obligation.  So far amazon’s proven it’s a horrible neighbor.  HTB you amazonians keep talking about “amazon moving to Bellevue”, which won’t happen.  Still you should petition your corporation to contribute to transportation, sitting in traffic for an hour can’t be fun.  Light rail won’t be here for many years, it’s sad that Amazon’s hundreds of billions can’t contribute (along with Microsoft’s, Boeing’s etc).    More great reasons to greenlight taxes on these fatcats.Seattle has every right to tax amazon, it’s about time.  If they won’t contribute to Seattle, force their hand.

      • Just wow... November 13, 2019 (9:56 pm)

        Their pledge toward homelessness relief is $130 Million. A lot more than the city could colllect via taxation. Just wondering, have you put anything resembling that number towards bomelessness? Then you also have the city trying to manage money which hasn’t exactly been a great track record.

        Yes, Amazon pays their employees well which creates a real estate bubble and plenty of developer greed. By the way, the city collects construction taxes on all that new development. Also, affordable housing or lack thereof lies with the multiple levels of government’s reckless increases on property tax. Amazon makes a great boogeyman for an immature narrative, but you may want to take a closer look at the overall picture before stating that their company “created massive homelessness”.

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