Letters to the Editor

The 60 percent rule for school bond elections modifies 'stealth' elections

Although I often disagree with our state Legislature for enacting laws that are many times overly restrictive, I believe that the law requiring a 60 percent supermajority and a 60 percent validation of the number of voters casting ballots in “special” elections is one of the most well thought-out pieces of legislation ever passed.

I have no problem with special elections if they are used only in case of an emergency that must be dealt with on an immediate basis. Bond elections for schools and other projects do not fall into this category.

Certainly, school districts know far enough in advance how much money they will be asking the voters to approve to have the issue put on the ballot for the general election in November.

Year after year, Federal Way Public Schools holds it’s “stealth” election for school bonds, hoping that they can rally enough support from the backers and that no opposition forces will be able to mount a campaign against the bonds.

I think that it would be far better to hold the bond elections in November, when a simple majority is all that’s needed to prevail and no validation would be required.

As long as the schools insist on holding stealth elections, I say we’re fortunate to have the supermajority and validation laws in effect. Maybe these laws would no longer be needed if we changed to an all mail-in ballot system where. For just the price of a stamp, every registered voter would cast a ballot.

LARRY McGUIRE

Federal Way

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