Enough voters have turned in ballots for the current bond elections in the Pasco and Richland school districts to ensure the results will be valid, according to election officials and bond supporters.
Bond election validation requires a 40 percent turnout. However, the 40 percent turnout is determined by the number of ballots turned in for the latest general election, not by the total number of registered voters. Walla Walla County's special election, which has a proposed bond for Walla Walla High School, has also been validated.
Now at least 60 percent of the returned ballots must be marked as in favor of the bonds for them to be approved. We'll have initial tallies up after 8 p.m. tonight.