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Election Day: See how voters decided on school bonds & overrides


A Ballot Drop Box Sign Directing Voters Where To Bring Their Mail-in Ballot Outside Surprise City Hall On Election Day, Nov. 2, 2021. Photo By Lisa Irish/AZEdNews

Updated at 11:25 a.m. Nov. 4, 2021: See updated preliminary results in Arizona school bond, override and district additional assistance elections in this week’s predominantly mail-in elections.

Election results remain unofficial until the three-day cure period for questionable signatures and each county canvasses the votes in the next several days.

There were 34 school issues on the ballot in Arizona statewide, including 20 override elections, seven bond elections, four district additional assistance elections, two general M&O budget questions, and one election to determine if Gila Bend Unified School District will join West-MEC.

Maricopa County has by far the most school election issues on the ballot.

Click here for Maricopa County Elections Results

Voters approved continuing school district maintenance and operations budget overrides in Arlington Elementary School District, Chandler Unified School District, Fountain Hills Unified School District, Isaac Elementary School District, Kyrene Elementary School District, Phoenix Elementary School District, Phoenix Union High School District and Roosevelt Elementary School District, but voters voted no on continuing budget overrides in Agua Fria Union High School District, Buckeye Elementary School District, Buckeye Union High School District, Liberty Elementary School District, and Litchfield Elementary School District.

Voters approved bonds in Littleton Elementary School District, Pendergast Elementary School District, and Tolleson Union High School District, but voters voted no on bonds in Cave Creek Unified School District, Higley Unified School District, and Queen Creek Unified School District.

Voters approved district additional assistance or budget increases in Phoenix Union High School District, Riverside Elementary School District, and Roosevelt Elementary School District, but voters voted no on district additional assistance or a budget increase in Fountain Hills Unified School District.

Voters approved Gila Bend Unified School District and Littleton Elementary School District joining West-MEC.

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A mail-in ballot for the 2021 General Election on Nov. 2, 2021. Photo by Lisa Irish/AZEdNews

In Cochise County, voters approved the continuance of Willcox Unified School District 10% maintenance and operations budget override.

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In Apache County, voters approved Round Valley Unified School District‘s extension of its current budget override and Window Rock Unified School District‘s 10% budget increase and bond.

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In Greenlee County, Duncan Unified School District is seeking a 10% budget override election.

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Coconino County voters approved Williams Unified School District’s budget override continuation.

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In Pinal County, voters voted no on continuing Maricopa Unified School District‘s budget override and Santa Cruz Valley Union High School District‘s proposed budget increase.

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In Mohave County, voters voted against Mohave Valley Elementary School District’s continuation of the budget override.

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In Pima County, voters approved Vail Unified School District‘s budget override.

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In Yavapai County, voters approved continuing Mingus Union High School District and Cottonwood-Oak Creek Elementary School Districts‘ budget overrides.

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Updated at 8:07 p.m. Nov. 2, 2021: See preliminary results in Arizona school bond, override and district additional assistance elections in today’s predominantly mail-in elections.

These unofficial results this evening include all ballots received by the county recorders’ offices prior to Election Day.

Ballots received at ballot drop off locations on Election Day will be processed, signature verified and counted if eligible and further elections results will be released over the next several days.

There are 34 school issues on the ballot in Arizona statewide, including 20 override elections, seven bond elections, four district additional assistance elections, two general M&O budget questions, and one election to determine if Gila Bend Unified School District will join West-MEC.

Most of the school elections are in Maricopa County.

Click here for Maricopa County Elections Results

In Cochise County, voters are approving the continuance of Willcox Unified School District 10% maintenance and operations budget override.

Click here for Cochise County Elections Results

Results for Apache and Greenlee counties were unavailable this evening.

Coconino County voters are approving Williams Unified School District’s budget override continuation.

Click here for Coconino County Elections Results

In Pinal County, voters are voting against continuing Maricopa Unified School District‘s budget override and Santa Cruz Valley Union High School District‘s proposed budget increase.

Click here for Pinal County Elections Results

In Mohave County, voters voted against Mohave Valley Elementary School District’s continuation of the budget override.

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In Pima County, voters are approving Vail Unified School District‘s budget override.

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In Yavapai County, voters are approving continuing Mingus Union High School District and Cottonwood-Oak Creek Elementary School Districts‘ budget overrides.

Click here for Yavapai County Elections Results

9 a.m. Nov. 2, 2021: Arizona voters will decide the outcome of many school bond, override and district additional assistance elections today in predominantly mail-in elections.

Preliminary results will start being released at 8 p.m., and will be updated here live.

If you’re looking for where you can drop off your mail-in ballot, check out your county recorder’s website for a list of locations and get your ballot there before the 7 p.m. deadline.

There are 34 school issues on the ballot in Arizona statewide, including 20 override elections, seven bond elections, four district additional assistance elections, two general M&O budget questions, and one election to determine if Gila Bend Unified School District will join West-MEC.

Through these school bond, override and district additional assistance elections, school districts ask voters in their communities to generate funding through local property taxes that schools can use for a set time and purpose.

Bonds provide a certain amount of money for set projects.

Overrides allow a school district to increase their maintenance and operations budget up to 15 percent.

Capital/district additional assistance overrides let a school district raise funds up to 10 percent of their revenue control limit.

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In Arizona, local revenue makes up a significantly larger percent than state revenue of school districts overall funding and revenue sources.

That is in stark contrast to the the rest of the nation where state funding is more than local funding, according to the most recent U.S. Census Bureau Public Education Finances 2017 released in May 2019.

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Some schools have historically been able to pass bonds and overrides to provide more funding for student programs, teacher salaries and more, while others have not been able to generate that additional funding from their community and it puts them on uneven footing with neighboring school districts.

Voting began on Wednesday Oct. 6, 2021 and continues until 7 p.m. today. Elections results will start being released at 8 p.m. and results will be updated here then.

School elections by county

In Apache County, Round Valley Unified School District is seeking an extension of its current budget override to increase staffing, reduce class sizes and continue and grow music, vocational, athletic, and extracurricular activities. Window Rock Unified School District is seeking a 10% budget override for the 2022-2023 school year and the next six years.

Wilcox Unified School District in Cochise County seeks to continue a 10% maintenance and operations budget override that would maintain class sizes and classroom and support services, including school sties, counseling, full-day kindergarten, library, athletics, physical education, fine arts, extra-curricular activities and remedial, elective and advanced classes.

Voters in Williams Unified School District in Coconino County are being asked to renew a 10% budget override that helps support teacher salaries and student programs and has been approved by voters since 1999, The Williams-Grand Canyon News reports.

In Greenlee County, Duncan Unified School District is seeking a 10% budget override election.

Maricopa County has by far the most school election issues on the ballot. Agua Fria Union High School District, Arlington Elementary School District, Buckeye Elementary School District, Buckeye Union High School District, Chandler Unified School District, Fountain Hills Unified School District, Isaac Elementary School District, Kyrene Elementary School District, Liberty Elementary School District, Litchfield Elementary School District, Phoenix Elementary School District, Phoenix Union High School District and Roosevelt Elementary School District are seeking to continue their maintenance and operations budget overrides.

Cave Creek Unified School District, Higley Unified School District, Littleton Elementary School District, Pendergast Elementary School District, Queen Creek Unified School District and Tolleson Union High School District are asking voters to approve bonds.

Fountain Hills Unified School District, Phoenix Union High School District, Riverside Elementary School District and Roosevelt Elementary School District are asking voters to approve district additional assistance.

Gila Bend Unified School District and Littleton Elementary School District are asking voters whether to join West-MEC.

Voters in Maricopa Unified School District in Pinal County are being asked to approve the continuation of the current 10% maintenance and operations budget override that voters approved in 2016, In Maricopa.com reports. Santa Cruz Valley Union High School District is seeking to renew its current 10% general maintenance and operation budget override.

In Mohave County, Mohave Valley Elementary School District is seeking an extension of its 15% maintenance and operations override.

Vail Unified School District in Pima County is seeking a budget override.

In Yavapai County, Mingus Union High School District and Cottonwood-Oak Creek Elementary School District are seeking to renew their 10% budget overrides.