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Ballots: Some counted by hand

By Josh Rabe Modified: December 12, 2007 at 10:33 am •  Published: December 12, 2007
Icy conditions kept turnout low for elections Tuesday for several school districts across the state and pushed back vote tallies late into the evening as some election officials resorted to counting ballots by hand where polling places were without power.

In Enid, hopes for continuing a widespread 10-year school overhaul were dashed early on as results arrived just after 8 p.m.

Jenks school officials, meanwhile, were confident that they had enough support for its $20 million bond package to build a new elementary. School officials said about 80 percent of voters who voted favored the measure with almost all precincts reporting.

Votes failed to reach the necessary 60 percent mark in Enid, stalling at 58.7 percent for yes votes when all precincts had reported. A separate $600,000 transportation bond issue reached 59.2 percent for yes votes, failing by less than 100 votes.

School officials hoped to continue a 10-year construction plan approved by voters in 2001 by adding another $10 million in school bond revenue for the final phase of construction projects.

The money would have gone toward building a new elementary school.

In Jenks, school officials plan to use $20 million in bonds to build an elementary school in the district's west campus, which is experiencing rapid growth, said Tara Thompson, school spokeswoman.

"We had a pretty low turnout this year, but we were pleased to see most of the people who got out and voted today were ‘yes' voters,” Thompson said.

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