|Re-1J mill levy Passes; Statz elected Treasurer|
|Written by Brenda Johnson Brandt|
With approximately 70 more ballots to be counted Wednesday, Nov. 3, the Election Night results on Holyoke School District Re-1J’s mill levy override question showed the measure passing by about 56-44 percent.
Total votes from the Tuesday count were 721-556 in favor of the 7.5 mill levy override. That included a 693-539 vote from Phillips County voters in the school district, 5-1 from Sedgwick County voters and 23-16 from Yuma County.
The remaining 70-some votes to be counted included 35 absentee or early votes, 16 provisional ballots and close to 20 from landowners in the school district who are not actually residents of the district. The final outcome should not change after these 70-some votes are counted.
Phillips County Clerk and Recorder Beth Cumming reported 1,954 votes were cast countywide for about a 63.61 percent turnout of active registered voters.
Provisional ballots are those which were cast at the polls Tuesday by people who were sent ballots by mail but reported they lost them. In order for their provisional ballot to be counted, records must be verified that their mail-in ballot was not returned as well.
Statz wins Treasurer race
Phillips County Treasurer incumbent Linda Statz, a Republican, won another four years in office with a 1,491-420 win over challenger Shari Cagle, an unaffiliated candidate.
Haxtun Fire Protection District’s ballot issue also passed, with the unofficial vote count at 184-20 Tuesday night.
Results of other statewide and district races and ballot initiatives will be reported in next week’s Holyoke Enterprise, showing both the race outcomes and the Phillips County vote on the candidates and issues.
All election results from Tuesday night are unofficial.