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Roughly 900 ballots left to count in Island County

Island County election workers expect to count at least 900 ballots tomorrow from Tuesday's special election.

The number represents roughly 350 ballots that were received in the mail through Wednesday morning, plus 550 or so that were placed in drop boxes on Election Day, said Island County Deputy Auditor Michele Reagan.

The special election earlier this week included two levies for the South Whidbey School District and a tax levy for the South Whidbey Parks & Recreation District. North End voters decided the fate of two levies for the Coupeville School District and a proposition on making two seats on the school board at-large positions.

All measures on the ballot were passing in the first vote tally released by Island County on Tuesday night.

Turnout in the special election is estimated at 48.8 percent. That's a slight improvement over the turnout in the February 2006 special election when the South Whidbey school levies were on the ballot, when 47.9 percent of eligible voters cast ballots.

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