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PUSD voter turnout was 55 percent

PRESCOTT - More than half of registered voters participated in Tuesday's bond and override in Prescott Unified School District.

According to final, unofficial results released Wednesday by Yavapai County Recorder Leslie Hoffman, voters cast 20,499 ballots, representing more than 55 percent of the district's 37,064 registered voters.

"We're just thrilled that people are exercising their right to vote and having a voice," Superintendent Joe Howard said. "Our retirement community supports our schools, or this would not have passed."

Voter turnout wasn't as high as the last presidential election - 81 percent of voters cast ballots in November 2012.

However, the 55 percent voter participation this week was on par with the 57 percent voter turnout in Prescott's city election, and slightly over the 53 percent turnout in PUSD in November 2013, when district voters rejected a $28 million bond and 10 percent budget override. In that same election, voters authorized the district to sell or lease Dexter School.

According to the final, unofficial results released Wednesday, the outcome of the elections remained unchanged, with 68 percent support among PUSD voters for the district's $15 million bond, 63 percent support for the 4.66 percent budget override, 81 percent support for the sale or lease of Miller Valley Elementary School and 71 percent support for the sale or lease of Washington School.

Elsewhere in Yavapai County, voter turnout was lower, with 35 percent of voters casting ballots in the Clarkdale Jerome Elementary School District and Mingus Union High School District elections.

In the Clarkdale Jerome district, 65 percent of voters supported a continuation of the school's budget override. In the Mingus Union district, 52 percent supported the district's bond.

Follow reporter Les Bowen on Twitter @NewsyLesBowen. Reach him at 928-445-3333, ext. 1110, or 928-830-9305.

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