Wednesday, August 8, 2007

Unofficial Results Show Middletown School Levy Failure

The unofficial election summary report posted on the Middletown community website from the August 07 school levy comes down right to the wire. The final, but unofficial result shows that less than 51% of the residents who voted were against the levy, with the count being 4,489 to 4,303.

However, there are still 285 provisional ballots that will not be counted until 10 days or more after the election, possibly up to a month, at least 236 of them -- 83%, would have to come back in favor of the levy for it to pass. Voters won't know the official results of the election until at least August 21st, one week before the start of the 2007-2008 school year.

While it does not appear likely that the levy will pass this time after the provisional ballots are counted, the results from this election are much closer than May 8th's failure, which came in with 59% of voters going against the measure. Officials are already discussing putting it on the ballot again in November, and if the gains between May and August are indicative of the results pro-levy campaigning will show, it looks as if it will pass if they do so.

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