Snohomish County election officials continue to count ballots, little change in local results

With votes still pouring in from across the county, Snohomish County Election Office continues to process and count ballots from Tuesday’s general election.

According to county officials, 87,000 ballots were either dropped at a drop box or returned through the mail on Election Day, matching the Election Day returns in the 2016 Presidential Election.

Snohomish County Elections will continue to process and count ballots over the weekend, releasing results at 5 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 9, and on Veterans Day, Monday, Nov. 11. Officials are anticipating 25,000 to 30,000 ballots to be added with each count. Election results are available at

According to a county announcement, ballot counting is a technology-supported but labor-intensive process. When a ballot envelope is returned, an elections employee must match the signature on the ballot envelope against the signature maintained for the voter in the statewide voter registration system. Once the signature has been verified, elections staff remove the ballots from their envelopes and scan them on counting equipment.

Late arriving, on-time ballots can be received until Nov. 25, the day before results are certified as final. As a result, counting will continue weekdays after Monday, Nov. 11 whenever there are more than 500 ballots to count.

The latest vote count from the Snohomish County Elections Office Friday, Nov. 8 saw no major changes from initial results announced earlier this week.

Former Lynnwood City Councilmember Jim Smith maintained his lead for the council’s vacant Position 4 seat with 3,320 total votes or 61.20% of the vote. His opponent, fellow former Lynnwood City Councilmember Van AuBuchon, closed the day with 2,069 votes (38.14%).

In the race for the council’s Position 5 seat, Julieta Altamirano-Crosby led with 3,147 votes (57.68%) while her opponent, David Schirles trailed with 2,280 votes (41.79%).

Incumbent George Hurst maintained the lead for his Position 6 seat with 3,124 votes (58.44%) over opponent Nick Coelho, who had 2,194 votes, or 41.04%. In a statement, Hurst thanked everyone who took the time to vote in the election.

“And of course, thank you to those who supported my campaign and endorsed my call for fiscal responsibility on the city council,” he said. “I look forward to serving the residents of Lynnwood in the coming years.”

Also defending her seat on the council was Position 7 incumbent Shannon Sessions, who led with 3,360 votes (61.83%) against fellow candidate and councilmember, Shirley Sutton. (Sutton chose to run against Sessions for Position 7 instead of defending her Position 4 seat.) At last count, Sutton had 2,047 votes, or 37.67%.

In races for Edmonds School District Board of Directors, all three candidates who were in the lead Tuesday — incumbents Carin Chase and Gary Noble, and Nancy Katims, running for an open seat — continued Friday to maintain a significant edge over their opponents.

You can see the school board and council race results for Friday below. For complete election results for all races and ballot measures, visit the Snohomish County Elections webpage. Results will be updated again Saturday afternoon, and the election will be certified on Nov. 26.

General election results reported as of Nov 8, 2019

Lynnwood City Council Position 4
Jim Smith 3320 61.20%
Van AuBuchon 2069 38.14%
Write-in 36 0.66%
Total 5425 100.00%

Lynnwood City Council Position 5
Altamirano-Crosby 3147 57.68%
David Schirle 2280 41.79%
Write-in 29 0.53%
Total 5456 100.00%

Lynnwood City Council Position 6
Nick Coelho 2194 41.04%
George Hurst 3124 58.44%
Write-in 28 0.52%
Total 5346 100.00%

Lynnwood City Council Position 7
Shannon Sessions 3360 61.83%
Shirley Sutton 2047 37.67%
Write-in 27 0.50%
Total 5434 100.00%

Edmonds School Board Director District 1
Carin Chase 24115 83.28%
Alvin Rutledge, Jr. 4672 16.14%
Write-in 168 0.58%
Total 28955 100.00%

Edmonds School Board Director District 3
Gary Noble 17834 60.47%
Rory Graves 11553 39.17%
Write-in 105 0.36%
Total 29492 100.00%

Edmonds School Board Director District 5
Nancy Katims 20033 68.45%
Lisa Hunnewell 9085 31.04%
Write-in 147 0.50%
Total 29265 100.00%

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