- Associated Press - Friday, February 20, 2015

McALESTER, Okla. (AP) - School officials in McAlester say a recount of votes on a $2.2 million bond proposal found the issue failed by one vote.

School bond issues require 60 percent voter approval. The McAlester News-Capitol reported Friday (https://bit.ly/1EdvBTy ) that the recount found the vote was 748-499 in favor - a margin of 59.9 percent in favor. The initial vote was 748-500 for the bonds, but one “no” vote was discarded because the ballot was found to have been marked both “yes” and “no” on the proposal.

Superintendent Marsha Gore says state law requires 60 percent or more in favor for passage - and that one more yes vote would have pushed the margin past the threshold.

The bonds were to be used to pay for technology and security upgrades within the district.

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Information from: McAlester News-Capital, https://www.mcalesternews.com

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