Voters Approve Sioux Falls School Bond By Large Margin

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11:43 p.m.

The final vote tally shows that Sioux Falls voters overwhelming support a $190 million bond to pay for new schools in the city.  With ballots counted from 14 of 14 voting centers, the Yes votes finished with 85 percent compared to 15 percent for the No votes.  

The district says voter turnout was at just 17 percent.


10:47 p.m.

The Sioux Falls School District says voters have approved the $190 million bond issue. 

The money will help pay for a new high school, middle school and elementary school.  It will also be used to pay for improvements to existing buildings.

The Yes votes had a large lead for much of Tuesday evening and it grew as the final votes were tallied.  Superintendent Brian Maher says it shows the community was part of the process from the beginning, part of the solution and ultimately, part of the decision.

He says the school district wants to say ‘thank you’ to voters as the decision will have a big impact on the district’s future.


10:07 p.m.

With just under 40 percent of ballots counted, it appears the $190 million bond issue will pass for the Sioux Falls School District.

So far, 83 percent of voters said yes with just 17 percent voting against the bond.  The money will go to pay for a new high school, middle school and elementary school. Some of the money would also go to security and improvements in current buildings.  

KELOLAND’s Brady Mallory spoke with Superintendent Brian Maher about the election results on KELOLAND News at 10.

School board member Cynthia Mickelson spoke with KELOLAND’s Dan Santella as she watched results come in.


9 p.m.


8:40 p.m.

Early results are in for the Sioux Falls School District bond issue.  

With ballots counted in 1 of 14 voting centers, the yes votes are in the lead with 77 percent compared to the no votes with 23 percent.  

Volunteers are counting the ballots by hand.  They planned start counting the more than 3,000 absentee votes once the voting centers closed at 7 p.m.

You can watch as the numbers come in on the bottom of your TV screen or online. 
 


7:54 p.m.

Ballots from the Sioux Falls School bond election are being counted by volunteers at the Instructional Planning Center.  

Counting didn’t get underway until after 7:45 p.m.  Volunteers will start with the absentee ballots before moving onto the votes cast on Tuesday.  


7:00 p.m.

Voting polls are closed in the Sioux Falls School District bond issue.  

Voters in the city are deciding whether to move forward with a $190 million bond that would be used to pay for a new high school, middle school and elementary school. Some of the money would also go to security and improvements in current buildings.

Look for elections results below as the numbers come in.

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Published 5:24 p.m.

Voters in the Sioux Falls School District are deciding on a $190 million bond issue on Tuesday. 

Voting centers across Sioux Falls are open until 7 p.m.  Find the location closest to you by looking at the map below.

When the voting centers close, volunteers will start counting absentee ballots by hand.  As of Monday morning, a new record had been set for absentee voting with more than 3,000 people casting ballots ahead of Election Day. 

If more than 60 percent vote “yes” the district will move forward with plans to build a new high school, middle school and elementary school. The money would also pay for security and improvements in current buildings.

KELOLAND News will have crews monitoring the results throughout the evening.  We’ll have them on KELO-TV and with this story, once the numbers start coming in.  Watch for coverage of the results on KELOLAND News at 10, on KELOLAND.com and on our social media accounts.


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