- Associated Press - Wednesday, May 18, 2016

PHOENIX (AP) - The Latest on counting of ballots on Proposition 123 (all times local):

7 p.m.

New vote totals show the ultra-slim lead for a proposal to tap the state’s land trust fund to boost education funding narrowing even more.

About 9,000 new votes reported Wednesday evening by the secretary of state’s office show the measure now leading by just over 7,600 votes out of more than 931,000 total votes.

Proposition 123 needs more than half the vote to pass and has just 50.4 percent. That a slight drop from earlier totals.

Elections officials in Arizona’s five most populous counties say they need another day at least to count ballots and some won’t finish before Friday.

County recorders in Pinal, Pima, Coconino, Yavapai and Maricopa counties said earlier Wednesday they had more than 112,000 outstanding early and provisional ballots to process and count. Only Pima County planned to count ballots Wednesday.

The measure backed by Gov. Doug Ducey would pump $3.5 billion into the state’s K-12 school system over 10 years using general fund and trust land cash.

2:10 p.m.

Elections officials in Arizona’s most populous counties say they need another day at least to count ballots that will determine the fate of a proposal to tap the state’s land trust fund to boost education funding.

County recorders in the state’s five largest counties said Wednesday they have more than 112,000 outstanding early and provisional ballots to process and count. Most said they expect to actually count the ballots Thursday and possibly Friday.

Arizona voters were almost evenly split on Proposition 123. The measure backed by gov. Doug Ducey would pump $3.5 billion into the state’s K-12 school system over 10 years using general fund and trust land cash.

The measure held a tiny lead Wednesday with 50.5 percent of the vote. It must exceed 50 percent to pass.


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