December 14, 2005 - 7:22 a.m. CST
LITTLE ROCK (AP) _ Voters handily defeated a proposal that would
have enabled the state Highway Commission to issue up to 575 (m)
million dollars in bonds for interstate highway repair.
A separate measure that would have provided 250 (m) million
dollars in bonds for higher education trails by 710 votes with
ballots from 20 precincts yet to be counted.
2118 of 2138 precincts reporting complete but
unofficial results, the vote was 45,057 (40 percent) for
and 67,999 (60 percent) against the highway bonds.
With the same number of precincts reporting, the vote on the
higher education bonds was 56,215 (50 percent) for and
56,925 against (50 percent).
A computer error kept Grant County from counting ballots in 19
precincts. Faulkner County also had one precinct outstanding
because of an error with vote-counting equipment.
Turnout was light for the off-year special election, which fell
just 12 days before Christmas. About seven percent of the state's
one-point-seven (m) million voters cast ballots -- a lower turnout
than the ten percent that agreed to a temporary 575 (m) million
dollar road-repair plan on June 15th, 1999.