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Fort Madison residents cast votes in school special election

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FORT MADISON (WGEM) -- Fort Madison voters headed to the polls Tuesday to decide the fate of infrastructure upgrades in the Fort Madison school district.

Voters were asked whether or not to approve the district's new revenue purpose statement.

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.

Voters said it was important to make their voices heard on such an important issue.

"School is very important to me," voter John Rabo said. "It's the very foundation for my children to have academic excellence."

Polls close at 8:00 p.m.

Voter said those who are eligible to cast their ballots should.

"Get out and vote," voter Mary Sutcliffe said. "These are our kids.

"What's more important than the safety of kids," voter Bob Boeding said.

Those already registered to vote only need a photo ID.

People can register at the polls.

They'll need a photo ID with their correct address.

You can view the election results here.

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Blake Sammann

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

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