EDITORIAL Don't forget election day

The main threat to Coupeville’s school levy is voter turnout.

The school district hasn’t gone to the voters for a maintenance and operation levy in four years, so maybe some people have lost the habit of going to the polls in February to vote for schools. That would be too bad, because a substantial number of votes are needed to validate the election: 40 percent of those who voted in the November 2001 general election. That translates into 2,339 votes needed for validation, of which 60 percent must vote “yes” to meet this state’s supermajority requirement for levy elections. Bottom line: At least 802 voters in the Coupeville School District must vote “yes” on Feb. 5. That may not seem like a lot, but considering the time of year it’s not always an easy task to get people out of their warm homes and into the voting booth.

Aside from voter turnout concerns, Coupeville school supporters don’t have much to worry about. The levy is a routine request to provide the local support needed to operate the schools at their present level. Nothing new, nothing fancy, and nothing expensive. At $1.45 per thousand of assessed value the first year, the levy simply continues the prior four-year levy at a slightly higher rate to compensate for inflation.

Coupeville schools have earned the support of their community. No doubt the vast majority of citizens favor the school levy. All they have to do to help is make sure they vote on Tuesday, Feb. 5. Polls will be open from 7 a.m. until 8 p.m.

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