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Voters pass amendments, reject 2 local issues

By Brian Knox | Published Saturday, November 9, 2013

Wise County voter turnout increased 100 percent since the last constitutional election in 2011.

That year, voter turnout was 3.3 percent. This year, voter turnout reached 6.6 percent.

Local voters favored all nine constitutional amendment propositions, all of which also passed in the statewide election.

Perhaps the most talked-about proposition, Prop. 6 dealing with using money from the state’s rainy day fund to pay for water projects, was favored by 68.47 percent of local voters.

Paradise voters rejected an eight-cent tax increase by a vote of 244-198, and they rejected a $3.25 million bond proposal by a vote of 255-188. (See related story on page 1A.)

Ronnie Pewitt was elected to Place 7 on the Paradise school board by a vote of 248-145 over Lonnie Holder. Place 6 has yet to be decided. Bill Mundy leads with 93 votes over Ben Sanders with 92 votes. However, one provisional ballot has yet to be counted, which could affect the outcome of the race. (See related column on page 4A.) Also receiving votes in the Place 6 race was Deann Hamilton with 74 and Doug Thomas and Scott Eisen with 64 votes each.

Wise County residents in the Azle school district favored the school bond issue by a vote of 16-10. The Azle bond issue passed by a total vote of 847-451.

Elections Administrator Lannie Noble said the new law requiring voters to show photo identification at the poll didn’t seem to cause problems locally. He said five provisional ballots were cast due to the voter not having a photo identification. Those people will have until Tuesday to present a valid photo identification at the elections office. Normally they would have until Monday, but since it is the Veterans Day holiday, the deadline was extended to Tuesday.

Full local vote totals are featured online at WCMess.com/election.

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