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Super Majorities And Slim Margins

May 14, 2014, 12:50 PM by Ben Dunsmoor

Super Majorities And Slim Margins
TEA, SD -

Officials in the Tea School District plan to canvass Tuesday's bond issue vote Wednesday night. For the third time, the district failed to garner the 60 percent approval to pass the nearly ten million dollar bond issue.

912 voters were in favor of the multimillion dollar project but 611 voters said no -- putting the district just two votes short of the 60 percent threshold. That threshold has been on the books in South Dakota for decades.

In 1923, the South Dakota legislature passed a law requiring a super majority to pass a school district bond issue. Since that time, school districts across the state have had to hold multiple elections to reach 60 percent before passing a bond issue.

We will talk to a nationally-recognized bond attorney Todd Meierhenry about the history behind the 60 percent super majority coming up later today on KELOLAND News.

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