Is what Publicola is calling Tuesday’s vote on the King Conservation District. According to the Seattle Times, “Last year, 2,757 people voted — fewer than one-third of 1 percent of eligible voters. That was a lot better than in 2008, when 198 people voted, or 1988, when 14 voters showed up.”
Take it away, Publicola:
“The most important election you’ve never heard of, for a seat on the five-member King Conservation District board, is happening next Tuesday, March 16, at seven libraries around King County. The district gives out conservation grants and oversees land use in rural King County; the decisions it makes determine whether wetlands and habitat are protected or developed into suburban sprawl.”
You can read on for thier endorsements. Election info is on the KCCD website, but the short story is that you need to stop by one of seven libraries on Tuesday to vote. Closest to Mercer Island are the Seattle Central Library downtown and the Bellevue branch at 1111 110th Avenue NE. Polling hours are 10:30 am to 7:30 and 8 pm, respectively.
And for a story of back-room drama in this election two years ago, check out Blogging Georgetown.
Worth a stop at the library if you can make it.
UPDATE as of Wed March 17:
Max Prinsen, the Sierra Club favorite, won the election. And 4,232 people voted– almost twice as many as last year.
While you’re feeling civic-minded, take Social Capital Review’s survey on King Co Exec Dow Constantine’s plan for reform.