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Only five people vote in $980,000 school bond election in Crutcho

Voters approved the $980,000 bond proposal by a five-vote margin. But those five votes were the only ones cast in the election.
by Silas Allen Modified: November 13, 2013 at 6:51 pm •  Published: November 13, 2013
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Depending on how you look at it, the bond proposal Crutcho voters considered Tuesday either sailed through or was approved by the narrowest of margins.

Voters approved the $980,000 bond proposal by a five-vote margin. But those five votes were the only ones cast in the election.

“I'm guessing that was mostly my board members,” said Teresa McAfee-Wagner, the district's superintendent.

That guess wasn't far off the mark. Out of the five voters in Tuesday's election, two — Antonia Jennings and Paul Keeler — are members of the Crutcho School Board, according to Oklahoma County Election Board records. McAfee-Wagner said she isn't eligible to vote in the district, nor are any of her teachers.

Those five votes represent a fraction of a percent of the 927 registered voters in the district. McAfee-Wagner said it's the smallest voter turnout she's seen, but not by much. When the district passed a $1.2 million bond issue several years ago, only 11 voters showed up at the polls, she said.

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by Silas Allen
General Assignment/Breaking News Reporter
Silas Allen is a news reporter for The Oklahoman. He is a Missouri native and a 2008 graduate of the University of Missouri.
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