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Early PUSD ballot returns show low turnout among young voters

PRESCOTT - If past is prologue, Prescott Unified School District is bound to repeat the low turnout numbers of young voters in its proposed bond and override it had in 2013.

As of Monday, Oct. 26, 9,561 voters had returned their ballots. The vast majority of them - 6,084 ballots - are from voters age 64 and older.

In the district's 2013 election, less than one-quarter of eligible voters under age 50 returned their ballots.

According to ballot return figures released Monday, Yavapai County elections officials had received 1,023 ballots from voters age 18 to 49.

Voters in PUSD are weighing in on four questions: a $15 million, 14-year general obligation bond; a $6 million, seven-year budget override; the sale or lease of Miller Valley Elementary School; and the sale or lease of Washington School.

The last day to return ballots and have them counted is Tuesday, Nov. 3. Voters are advised against returning ballots by mail after Friday, Oct. 30. After that date, voters should return their completed ballots to the ballot drop box at the northwest corner of the Yavapai County Administration Building, 1015 Fair St., Prescott.

Elections officials will announce preliminary election results after 8 p.m. Tuesday.

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