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UPDATE, 11:45 p.m.: Some final numbers, and a brief round up of some other races. All told, out of 1,199,726 registered voters in Dallas County, 108,607 ballots were cast, meaning turnout in Dallas County was 9.05 percent.

Some other returns you might be interested in, including the state proposition votes:
Prop 1 – 87.53 percent for, 12.46 percent against (figures are statewide totals)
Prop 2 – 91.46 percent for, 8.53 percent against
Prop 3 – 66.84 percent for, 33.15 percent against
Prop 4 – 68.81 percent for, 31.18 percent against
Prop 5 – 82.84 percent for, 17.15 percent against
Prop 6 – 81.63 percent for, 18.36 percent against
Prop 7 – 83.90 percent for, 16.09 percent against

Having trouble remember what each proposition was about? Here you go.

Around the county, Grand Prairie ISD’s tax increase vote also passed, 68 percent to 32 percent. The district’s election to approve a $91 billion bond proposal to renovate existing schools and build new schools passed 76 percent to 24 percent, and it’s bond refund proposal vote passed 75 percent to 25 percent. Rockwall ISD’s bond package also passed, 65 percent to 35 percent.

The City of Richardson had four proposals and all passed, as did all seven of McKinney’s. Mesquite’s street bond also passed, 84 percent to 16 percent. And I’m not sure what exactly was going on with the Wilmer Municipal Utility District, but 1 precinct of 1 precinct reported one whole vote for all five propositions, and that one person voted yes.

UPDATE, 11:10 p.m.: Finally, we have all the precincts. The Dallas Independent School District bond package passed, 60.29 percent of the votes for versus 39.71 percent against. The Highland Park Independent School District bond package also passed, but with a little narrower margin – 54.75 percent for and 45.25 percent against. I’ll break down some of the other elections, and provide some more numbers in just a few.

UPDATE, 10:55 p.m.: And while we wait, a little more from Twitter.


UPDATE, 10:50 p.m.: We. Are. Almost. There. With 404 precincts reporting, it’s 60.28 percent for the DISD bond package, 39.72 percent against.  We’re still holding at 11 of 14 over at HPISD.

UPDATE, 10:30 p.m.: I didn’t fall asleep over here, but we’re still waiting on reports from 99 precincts countywide. My kingdom for the last 99 precincts!

UPDATE, 10:10 p.m.: Trustee Miguel Solis was effusive on Facebook saying, “Tonight’s bond result is a stamp of approval sent by voters who saw past the misinformation and personal agendas and kept the focus on children. With this $1.6 billion children will see new schools, improved facilities, early childhood classrooms, new technology, and innovation. Tonight was a great night for the future of our city and its children. Thank you to all who came out to vote. Let us move forward together by building on this momentum for the betterment of our students.”

UPDATE, 10:05 p.m.: And this just in from DISD Trustee Dan Micciche, who said, “I am very encouraged by the overwhelming support our students received tonight with the passage of the bond proposal. The bond financing will be used to make necessary repairs to schools, to relieve overcrowding by constructing additions and new. Schools,  and to expand career and technical programs, early childhood education, and school choice. Thank you, Dallas for putting the future of our students and of Dallas first.”

UPDATE, 10:00 p.m.: They’re moving along now! With 363 precincts reporting, the DISD bond election is 59.84 percent for, 40.16 percent against.

UPDATE, 9:45 p.m.: And we have some more returns. With 335 precincts reporting, the DISD bond election is holding at about the same margin – 59.70 percent for, 40.30 percent against. And with 11 of 14 precincts responding in the HPISD bond election, 56.30 percent have voted yes, 43.70 no.

UPDATE, 9:40 p.m.: DISD Trustee Edwin Flores just let me know that he’s thrilled. “First, I want to thank the voters for supporting our schools and all the parents, volunteers, and others who helped make it possible,” he said.  “I want to send a special thank you to all the volunteers on the Future Facilities Task Force.”

And what about moving forward, now that the bond has (it appears) passed? Flores said, “Moving forward we must make sure we get the most from every construction dollar, that we oversee and vet every project, and that we get the best financial terms possible when we sell the bonds.

Having said that, our track record the last two bonds programs has been outstanding, as a result of having great leadership in the bond office.  From the 2008 program we saved almost 40 million that is being used for additional construction,” he added.

UPDATE, 9:15 p.m.: With more than half the precincts reporting (223 of 406), the vote is 59.84 percent for, 40.16 percent against for the DISD bond. And with exactly half of the precincts reporting (7 of 14), the HPISD bond vote is 58.72 percent for, and 41.28 percent against.

UPDATE, 9:07 p.m.: While we wait for returns to trickle in, some more from Twitter:

UPDATE, 8:42 p.m.: With 56 precincts out of 406 reporting, the Dallas ISD bond vote is 60.62 percent for, 39.38 percent against. Highland Park ISD is still holding at 2 out of 14 precincts.

UPDATE, 8:28 p.m.: How did the voting play out across the county? Well, like this. See all that maroon? That’s less than 10 percent turnout. See that orange and red? That’s 20 percent to 30 percent and 10 percent to 20 percent, respectively. Screenshot 2015-11-03 at 8.28.37 PM

UPDATE, 8:14 p.m.: The returns are coming in, and with three precincts out of 406, the Dallas ISD bond still is holding at 61.5 percent for, but the against votes are up to 38.49 percent. In the HPISD bond election, with two of 14 precincts reporting, the vote is 60.91 percent for, and 39.09 percent against.

UPDATE, 8:09 p.m.: While we wait for returns to start popping up, a look at some Tweets.

UPDATE, 7:19 p.m.: While we wait for returns, some numbers for early voting. For the Dallas ISD bond election, 14,182 early voters. For the Highland Park ISD bond election, 4,814. According to Dallas County, there are 1,199,726 registered voters in the county, and 42,943 ballots were cast in this election, for a voter turnout of 3.58 percent.

UPDATE 7:13 p.m.: Early voting returns for constitutional amendments are as follows.
Prop 1 – 89 percent for, 10 percent against (figures are Dallas County totals)
Prop 2 – 93 percent for, 6 percent against
Prop 3 – 71 percent for, 28 percent against
Prop 4 – 69 percent for, 30 percent against
Prop 5 – 85 percent for, 14 percent against
Prop 6 – 81 percent for, 18 percent against
Prop 7 – 86 percent for, 13 percent against

The polls close at 7, and we’re off. Early voting results are rolling in, and I will update all night, with the most recent information at the top of the blog.

DISD Bond Election Early Voting: 61.54 percent For, 15.21 percent Against
HPISD Bond Election Early Voting: 62.42 percent For, 37.58 percent Against

Currently transcribing the early voting for the proposed amendments, will have those in a few seconds.



Bethany Erickson

Bethany Erickson lives in a 1961 Fox and Jacobs home with her husband, a second-grader, and Conrad Bain the dog. If she won the lottery, she'd by an E. Faye Jones home. She's taken home a few awards for her writing, including a Gold award for Best Series at the 2018 National Association of Real Estate Editors journalism awards, a 2018 Hugh Aynesworth Award for Editorial Opinion from the Dallas Press Club, and a 2019 award from NAREE for a piece linking Medicaid expansion with housing insecurity. She is a member of the Online News Association, the Education Writers Association, the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences, and the Society of Professional Journalists. She doesn't like lima beans or the word moist.

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