Where are Point Roberts votes?

By Pat Grubb

Editor Note: This story was changed on November 10 to reflect new ballot counts released the previous evening.

A collective sigh of relief could be heard escaping from the lips of Point Roberts Parks and Recreation District commissioners and many other Point residents after election vote totals were updated Thursday night, two days after the general election. They had been on tenterhooks ever since initial results from Tuesday’s general election were released after the polls closed. While over 60 percent of the voters had marked Yes on the park’s annual levy request, not enough ballots had been counted to meet the minimum turnout requirement.

In order to pass, the park levy required a 60 percent super-majority with votes from at least 40 percent of the voters in the 2016 general election. That being a presidential election, 805 ballots were cast in Point Roberts which means at least 322 people were needed to vote in the 2017 election to meet the 40-percent cutoff. On Tuesday night, just 196 votes were counted – another 126 votes needed to come in before the measure could succeed.

A new total was released on Wednesday night but only two more Point Roberts ballots had been counted. Finally, at 5:02 p.m.  Thursday, another count was released and the levy prevailed. By a count of 262 Yes votes (70%) versus 114 No, the minimum voter turnout was well and truly surpassed and the measure was successful at last.


In other election news, Bill Meursing was re-elected to the fire district – perhaps not with the landslide he might have expected. Blessed with an opponent, Judson Meraw, who decided in early October to stop campaigning and give his support and presumably his vote to Meursing, most observers could have thought it would have been a lopsided result in favor of the incumbent. In fact,  Meursing has received just 112 votes (58%) to the non-campaigning Meraw’s 80 (42%). In 2015, when Meraw ran against then-fire commissioner Stan Riffle, he received 164 votes (48%) versus Riffle’s 178 votes (52%).

For the fire district, Pat Harper received a convincing 264 votes (75%) against actual candidate Donna Gillespie’s 89 votes (25%) for fire commissioner, position 2. There were no other contested races in Point Roberts.

Returning uncontested to Point Roberts offices (with votes following) were:

Point Roberts Water District Commissioner, Position 2: Scott Hackleman (337)

Point Roberts Parks and Recreation District, Commissioner, Position 3: Sonya Liu (298)

Point Roberts Parks and Recreation District, Commissioner, Position 4: Arthur Reber (267)

Point Roberts Public Hospital District, Commissioner, Position 1: Robin Nault (348)

Point Roberts Cemetery District, Commissioner, Position 2: Dan Bourks (333)

The winds of change breezed over the Blaine school district as long-time board member Mike Dodd was unseated by challenger Laura McKinney. Joan Lotze ran unopposed and will remain as school board director, District 3.

Countywide, the measure to increase the sales tax to finance a new jail went down to a solid defeat with 58 percent No votes.

County council at large, Position A incumbent Barry Buchanan is running slightly ahead of challenger Mary Kay Robinson with 52 percent of the vote while Rud Browne and Todd Donovan cruised to easy victories with 82 and 65 percent of the vote against respective challengers Philip Morgan and Amy Glasser. The remaining council race for District 3 was won handily by Tyler Byrd over Rebecca Boonstra with 54 percent of the vote.

The two Port of Bellingham commission races were still in the neighborhood after the third count: At 51 versus 48.9 percent, Michael Shepard has a slim 1,220 vote lead over incumbent Dan Robbins in District 1. In District 2, Ken Bell ran at 51.24 percent and a 1,451-vote lead over Barry Wenger.

Further afield, Democrat Manka Dhingra held a solid 55 percent of the votes in the Washington 45th District state senate race over Republican Jinyoung Lee Englund. Should Dhingra prevail, the Republicans will lose their current one-seat majority senate and control will flip over to the Democrats. Washington Democrats will then join their Oregon and California counterparts with one-party rule in the governors’ offices and both legislative houses.

In Seattle, Jenny Durkan received 61 percent of the vote to defeat Cary Moon in the city’s mayoral race making her the first woman mayor since 1926.

The county election office will be updating results daily at 5 p.m. To view the latest results, go to bit.ly/2zvgKqt.

  1. I tried to vote, but was not able to get to the drop box at the Marketplace exactly on time by 8 pm. When I got there at 8:02, Mark Robbins and Shelly Damewood had just finished getting all the ballots out of the drop box, and the law is the law so they couldn’t accept my ballot. At least I had the satisfaction of venting my spleen by calling Robbins what he is to his face: a low life sniveling satan aligned commie. He smirked derisively, but I felt a tad better having had the chance to at least vent upon him. As for Damewood? I was born neither Demoncrap nor Rethugnican nor Yesterday!! Both parties are clearly evil, and are controlled by the same multinational corporate scum. What we should do is secede from America, or at the very least secede from Whatcom County and join Island County which we have so much more in common with. If we secede from America, we could then flip the bird to both America and Canada and we could start the next Monaco here and live large in our own Libertarian Utopia. Lets face it: America and Canada are both evil, good for nothing fascist/commie/luciferic entities which urinate and defecate upon our God Given Unalienable RIGHTS at every turn, forcing all of us to have to contend with our current Orwellian nightmare as the iron boot of tyranny stomps in our faces forever. Its high time we got pissed off sufficiently to stop playing their evil twisted games. Lets face it, Bellingham is a true den of iniquity and they are robbing us of our tax dollars as they treat us as second class citizens. We have so much more in common with Island County than Whatcom County. We should flip Bellingham the bird at the very least and we should establish a dialogue with the head honchos of Island County about wanting to join them. I like the idea of a ferry boat between the Point and Island County, but don’t like the idea of a ferry boat between us and Bellingham. We should also ponder the idea of Cascadia, split BC off from Canada, split WA, OR and Northern CA off from America. Much thought has already gone into developing this idea, just google it! If anyone would like to join forces with me in organizing the obviously needed revolution, I can be reached at jham@iahf.com We don’t have to take it anymore!! Let the Bastards of Bellingham EAT CAKE and let ’em make their OWN circuses!

    • Actually, John, you did not call me any of those things. We had a rather jovial chat about politics but it was all good. I probably did smirk derisively though. You also got the ballot information wrong. Per Auditor’s Office instructions, Shelley and I locked and sealed the drop box at 8:02 pm, and you arrived a few minutes later, asking if it was too late to vote. Again per Auditor’s procedures, we offered to take your ballot, put it in the prescribed “late ballots” envelope, re-open the drop box, put it in there, and re-seal the box. We were unable to tell you whether or not such late ballots would be counted. You declined and destroyed your completed ballot in front of us. The three of us then walked out of the International Marketplace together in a most friendly manner, trading a few general political comments. I’m not sure what prompted you to write the fictional comments you did.


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