School bonds votes results will be determined Tuesday

Jamie Ausk Crisafulli
Sunday, October 6, 2019
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The results of two school bond measures – one for the Glendive Elementary District and one for the Dawson County High School District – will be determined Tuesday, Oct. 8.

Over 55 percent of the ballots mailed had been returned by noon on Friday, Oct. 4, according to Dawson County Clerk and Recorder and election administrator Shirley Kreiman.

The office had accepted a total of 2,482 ballots by Friday. There have been 213 undeliverable ballots and 1,785 have not been returned.

She noted that there a handful of void and rejected ballots her office is currently following up on.

Glendive Public Schools is running two school bonds in an effort to address the district’s failing infrastructure. The Elementary district’s $31,690,000 bond request includes construction of a new middle school at the Jefferson Elementary site. Washington Middle School will be used for pre-K-fourth grades. Lincoln and Jefferson will both be demolished, with the exception of a portion of Lincoln the district hopes to give to a community entity to be used for a community recreation center.

The $23,500,000 DCHS bond levy includes upgrades to the district auditorium as well as upgrades to mechanical and electrical systems throughout the school. Funding provided by the bond will address safety issues by providing a clear and secure entrance to the building for students and visitors. The bond also includes several building renovations that will create more functional spaces within the school.

Full details of both bonds can be viewed on the district’s website and in the pamphlet mailed to voters in early September.

There is still plenty of time to get ballots in, however, Kreiman recommends voters hand deliver them to her office rather than sticking them in the mail this close to Election Day.

Ballots can be dropped off from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. on Monday and from 8 a.m. until 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Election Day.

If you think you should have received a ballot but did not, or if you would like to register to vote, you have until 8 p.m. on Tuesday to stop at the Clerk and Recorders office to do so.

Kreiman also reminded voters to sign the backs of the envelopes used to secure their ballots and to sign the sheet required if bringing in a ballot for another person.

Mail ballots will be publicly counted in the community room of the courthouse beginning at 4 p.m. on Tuesday. While the polls are still open, any person who would like to observe the procedures of the count must surrender all electronic devices (including cell phones and watches) until the polls are closed and they must sign a form and take an oath stating they understand the penalty for sharing election results. Kreiman noted that the penalty for sharing results includes jail time and a $100,000 to $500,000 fine.

Anyone who would like to observe the vote counting must check in at the Election Office in the Clerk and Recorders Office on the lower floor of the Dawson County Courthouse.

The Ranger-Review will have results of the election on our Facebook page and website as they become available. A full report of the results will be found in Thursday’s Ranger-Review.

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