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More Ballots Counted for Kennewick School Bond

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KENNEWICK, Wash.--  More votes have been counted in the special election for the Kennewick School Bond.

The number of yes votes for the bond has increased to just over 61.5%, with 38.5% percent of people voting no.  The bond only needs a 60% super majority to pass. 

This is the second time the $68-million bond has been on the ballot.  Superintendent Dave Bond says that history shows the late votes are usually yes votes.  He explains, "Last time, we had 58.5% on election night and finished up with 59.3%, so it went up eight-tenths of a percent over that next two weeks until the election was certified.  We're hoping to continue to grow."

The Benton County Auditor predicts there are about 150 ballots left to count.  Kennewick School administrators did the math, and even if those are all no votes, they still expect the bond to pass.  Results will be certified on June third.  

The money would go to build a new school and renovate others.  The district is ready to get started on construction this summer.