Day 2 election results

King County Elections released an update to the elections tally late this afternoon. But it’s clear that most of their day-2 efforts have been on sorting and verifying ballots, rather than counting them: they logged an additional 60,000 Seattle votes received since 6pm last night, but only counted about 13,000 of them. Not surprisingly, this afternoon’s City Council race results are not terribly different than last night’s. But with another 87,500 ballots ready to count and more trickling in through the mail, we’re likely to see much more substantial changes over the next two days. Most interesting so far has …

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A quick look at the campaign and PAC financial disclosures

Largely I’ve tried to stay above the fray of the City Council elections, but yesterday was an important milestone: three weeks out from Election Day, the fourteen City Council candidates and the registered PACs all were required to file a campaign finance summary (a “Form C-4” report). I scraped the numbers (well, three important ones), and here’s a glimpse of their fundraising and expenditure numbers — and perhaps more significantly, how much cash they are set to spend over the next 21 days.

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Gonzalez floats campaign finance reform legislation, asks Ethics Commission for opinion

On the heels of her announcement that she is running for state Attorney General, Council member Lorena Gonzalez auditioned for the role by announcing that is working on campaign-finance reform legislation “to protect the integrity of Seattle’s democracy.” She sent a draft version of the bill to the Seattle Ethics and Elections Commission, which in turn held a discussion on the topic last week.

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