Vote count incomplete on $100M road bond

2012-11-08T00:00:00Z Vote count incomplete on $100M road bondDarren DaRonco Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star
November 08, 2012 12:00 am  • 

The fate of the city's $100 million road bond is still in limbo.

With all 156 precincts reporting, and nearly 82,000 early ballots counted so far, 50.4 percent of Tucson voters rejected the bond while 49.6 percent favored it.

But with an estimated 80,000 early and provisional ballots still waiting to be counted in Pima County, it could be days, or even into next week, before a final result is known.

There is no way of knowing how many of those uncounted ballots are from city voters.

Throughout the election night vote counting, the margin of separation was never larger than a few hundred votes.

Currently, there is a 935-vote difference.

Also of note, of the approximately 127,000 votes cast by city residents in this election, 19,000 of them left the Proposition 409 section blank - a critical number for an issue that is so closely contested.

If approved, the bond package would provide $20 million a year for street upgrades, with a provision requiring any change in how the money is used be resubmitted to voters.

Contact reporter Darren DaRonco at 573-4243 or

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