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Small early voting turnout for Fort Madison special school election

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FORT MADISON (WGEM) -- Although early voting for Fort Madison's school special election has been open for weeks, election officials said turnout has been very slight.

"It's been a little low," elections administrator Nikki Sugars said. "We haven't quite hit 50 yet so it's been kind of a very small election."

Voters will face the choice of whether or not to approve the district's new revenue purpose statement on March 2.

If approved, the district would be able to access roughly 16.5 million dollars of state money in the form of SAVE funds that come from the state's penny sales tax.

State law requires the district to tell voters what the money would be used for, mainly badly-needed infrastructure upgrades in buildings across the district and voters must approve that.

Sugars said she's not sure what to expect when polls open on

"I'm not sure what to expect for lines but we are open here until the day before the election at 5:00 p.m.," she said.

While the deadline has passed for voters to request a ballot, Sugars said people can vote early in person at the auditors office at 933 Avenue G through March 1.

You can view a sample ballot here:


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Blake Sammann

Blake Sammann is a reporter and weekend anchor at WGEM News.

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