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Canvass preserves narrow Alta school bond victory

Tuesday, December 11, 2001

After the official canvass of school elections last week, it was still a nailbiter for Alta.

The official canvass of last Tuesday's vote saw the passage of a $3.4 million bond by a margin of slightly more than one-half percentage point - about six votes.

The bond issue needed a supermajority of at least 60 percent to pass. Official results now show a total of 963 ballots cast, with 583 yes votes or about 60.56 percent in favor.

The county supervisors looked over election results and confirmed vote totals during the canvass yesterday.

About 20 citizens attended the meeting, which was held in the Magistrate Court in the county courthouse. Alta school representatives, city officials, residents and a handful opposed to the bond issue were present.

Only two new votes were added to last week's unofficial results. Two of six challenged ballots were counted, both of them yes votes.

There are also two outstanding absentee ballots which will not be counted because they were not received in time for Monday's canvass. They had to be received before 10 a.m. yesterday and postmarked at least a day before the Dec. 4 vote.

County supervisors welcomed those gathered to voice any concerns they had about the election or process and to ask questions pertaining to the election.

One resident asked the superintendent of the Alta School District about students in the high school government class who voted in the election. Superintendent Fred Maharry said it is common for senior students to be encouraged to vote for any election, from local to national. He added that the bond issue was not discussed in the government class.

Students who did vote were given extra credit in the class, Maharry said, but those who were not eligible or who did not want to vote could also write a paragraph to earn the extra credit.

Several opposed to the bond issue spoke of the need to clear up rumors spreading around the community. Some of those include the results of the absentee ballots being released early on election night, ballots leaving the polling site, as well as students open enrolled into the Alta district voting even though they did not live in the district.

The process for petition the election was also discussed by Deputy Auditor Sue Kennedy. A petition can be submitted to the county before 10 a.m. Thursday, with reasons including a belief of fraud in election officials, ineligible votes being counted, an error in the canvass, or voter fraud.

While there was more public support for the bond issue this time, a continuing sticking point with those opposed was a gymnasium facility.

"We need classrooms, but we don't need any 10,000 square-foot classrooms," one man said yesterday.



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