USD 421 bond election draws high voter turnout

Community interest was high in USD 421’s recent bond election as shown by a voter turnout of more than 50 percent.

Yesterday, Osage County commissioners canvassed the vote from the May 6 election, confirming the defeat of the $12.38 million bond proposal as unofficially announced on election night.

The commissioners’ canvassing counted an extra nine ballots – eight no votes and one yes vote – from previously uncounted provisional ballots. The official final count was 623 no votes and 199 yes votes.

According to county election records, the Lyndon school district has 1,629 registered voters. The total counted ballots in last week’s bond election was 822, or 50.46 percent of the voters.

The previous USD 421 school board election, in April 2013, drew 319 total voters, or less than 20 percent of the school district’s registered voters, election records show.

The official tally by precinct:

  • Fairfax – 16 yes, 32 no
  • Olivet/Agency/Superior/Melvern – 2 yes, 28 no
  • North Valley Brook – 84 yes, 227 no
  • South Valley Brook – 33 yes, 96 no
  • Vassar – 35 yes, 133 no
  • Advanced ballots – 28 yes, 99 no
  • Provisional ballots – 1 yes, 8 no
  • Total – 199 yes, 623 no

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