Published: Thursday, August 23, 2012

Republican 21st District write-in candidate wins spot on ballot

By Evan Smith, Herald Writer
Republican Kevin Morrson got enough primary votes as a registered write-in candidate against incumbent Democratic State Rep. Marko Liias to win a spot on the November ballot.
With only Liias on the ballot for the position, Morrison could qualify for the general election ballot by finishing second in the Aug. 7 primary with at least 1 percent of the votes cast for the position.
Morrison did that with 383 write-in votes -- 2.07 percent of the 18,465 votes cast for the position. Liias had 17,378 votes -- 94.11 percent -- and other write-ins accounted for 704 votes -- 3.82 percent.
The Snohomish County canvassing board certified the results Tuesday. The canvassing board consists of the county auditor, the county prosecuting attorney and the chairman of the County Council.
As a registered write-in candidate, Morrison had votes counted even with minor misspellings of his name. He registered by paying the same $487 fee that legislative candidates paid to file for ballot positions.
In the other 21st District state representative position, Democratic incumbent Mary Helen Roberts also was unopposed in the primary and will advance alone to the November ballot with 18,239 primary votes -- 96.29 percent -- to 702 votes for write-ins -- 3.71 percent, but no write-in candidate got the necessary 1 percent to qualify for the November ballot.
Voters in the 21st District cast 26,891 ballots, meaning that 8,426 didn't vote on the Liias position and 7,950 skipped the Roberts position.
The 21st District includes most of Edmonds, north Lynnwood, all of Mukilteo and part of south Everett.
State elections officials expect to know Friday whether write-in candidates were successful for state treasurer and a position in the 1st Legislative District.
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