Propositions, School Bond Draw High Voter Turnout

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Nineteen propositions and a chance to make a statement drew voters to the polls this year in much higher numbers than usual for a nonpresidential election year.

Gila County Elections Supervisor Dixie Mundy said the local turnout on Election Day was 57.3 percent, and added provisional and early ballots are still being tabulated.

She said when all the ballots are counted, the number of voters could surpass 60 percent. Gila County was on the high end in the state when looking at the percent of registered voters who cast ballots this past week, Mundy said.

Four years ago, the voter turnout was 51.8 percent. "So, we are up about 10 percent," the elections supervisor said.

Mundy said she is not surprised with the turnout.

"We had a lot of propositions, the Payson school bond for the northern part of the county and a lot of state races," she said.

She said 15,146 registered voters in Gila County cast ballots on election and approximately another 1,300 people voted early.

Mundy said there are 26,194 registered voters in the county, and added the final figures of how many cast ballots could go as high as 65 percent.

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