Most Wash. school levies appear to be passing

SEATTLE (AP) -- In early returns from Tuesday's special election in Washington state, most of the 270 school levies and bonds on the ballot appear to be passing.

School levies, which require a simple majority of votes, are mostly passing. Some bonds are not getting the 60 percent of voter approval they require.

Bonds appear to be failing in Ferndale, Everett, Tenino and Lynden.

Lawmakers in Olympia are considering a measure that would change the amount of votes needed to approve a school bond from 60 percent of votes to a simple majority.

The secretary of state's office says 270 of 283 measures on the February ballot were levies or bonds in 220 school districts.

Elections were held in 36 counties. The only counties without elections were Clallam, Ferry and Garfield.