Supposedly beaten Jeffco school bond issue is now winning

The comeback now appears complete for the $567 million school bond issue in Jefferson County.

Measure 5B, which was losing by more than 9,000 votes Election Night, is now winning by 1,170 votes after the latest tally on Friday. The official count is 148,488 voting yes for the proposal and 147,318 saying no, according to the clerk and recorder’s office.

As many as 10,000 votes remain to be tallied, most of which came in Tuesday night, Beth Clippinger, spokeswoman for the clerk and recorder’s office, said Friday. The massive turnout on Tuesday is slowing the count. Military and overseas ballots also must be counted and they must be cast by Wednesday, Clippinger said.

Ballots also have to be cured by voters who either didn’t sign their ballots or their signatures didn’t match their signatures on file with the clerk.

Voters also sometimes don’t include a copy of their identification when they vote.

Nearly every backer of 5B — which would fund security and safety upgrades for Jeffco schools  — conceded defeat Tuesday night. But by Wednesday, the measure began clawing back after more votes began tricking in from voting centers, Clippinger said,

Jefferson County voters approved the other local school funding measure on the ballot, a $33 million tax increase to hire and retain more teachers.

Statewide, voters soundly defeated Amendment 73, a tax measure that would have raised $1.6 billion annually for Colorado schools.

 

 

 

 

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