Stillwater News Press

November 13, 2013

Propositions fail in all 21 precincts

Stillwater NewsPress

STILLWATER, Okla. — Nearly 30 percent of Stillwater’s eligible voters participated in the city’s capital improvement project election Tuesday, according to the Payne County Election Board.

Election Board Secretary Alyson Dawson said 27 percent of the 22,049 registered voters cast ballots. The Payne County Election Board anticipated a large turnout because the propositions “directly affected the voters’ finances."

Dawson reported seven provisional ballots were cast. The voter information provided when the provisional ballots were provided will be researched.

“Those ballots determined to be eligible will be counted by 5 p.m. on Friday,” Dawson said.

Stillwater voters rejected two municipal bond and a sales tax proposition.

Here are the final, but unofficial results.

• Proposition One: Yes: 1,145 (19.3 percent); No: 4,800 (80.7 percent)

• Proposition Two: Yes: 1,514 (25.5 percent); No: 4,432 (74.5 percent)

• Proposition Three: Yes: 1,752 (29.5 percent); No: 4,193 (70.5 percent)

Propositions One and Two were capital improvement projects that would have been funded by $27 million in municipal bonds. Proposition Three was a sales tax increase to finance transportation needs.

A look at the precinct-by-precinct breakdown showed the three propositions failed in all 21 precincts, mail-in absentee and early voting.

Although proposition opposition prevailed in every precinct, Precinct 3, located at the Stillwater Senior Center, was a stronghold for the no votes.

Precinct 3 voters cast 90.5 percent of their ballots against Proposition One. Proposition Two failed by 87.7 percent and Proposition Three by 86 percent.

The vote was closest in Precinct 7, First Presbyterian Church. Proposition Three received 43.3 percent of the yes vote in this precinct. Proposition One received 28.9 percent yes votes and Proposition Two garnered 33.7 percent of the yes votes.