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Posted: Tuesday, May 25, 2010 12:00 am

KINGMAN — The Mohave County supervisors approved Monday the final official results of Tuesday’s special election.

Arizona voters approved the 1-cent sales tax increase last week for three years to help raise revenue to offset Arizona’s deficit. The tax will be collected starting

June 1. Estimates are that the tax will raise about $1 billion each year for the next three years.

Mohave County Elections Director Allen Tempert told the board of a computer glitch that caused the election results to not being posted on the county’s Web site until 2 a.m. Wednesday.

Tempert also said he was disappointed by the overall voter turnout of more than 26 percent when there were about 10,700 early ballots. He projected a 42 percent or higher turnout because of the large number of early voting ballots. About 18,000 voters went to the polls Election Day.

There are 112,082 registered voters in the county. Tempert also said statewide, the turnout was about the same as Mohave County.

Of the 29,163 voters who went to the polls in Mohave County, 13,567 people, or 46.5 percent, voted for Proposition 100 and 15,596 voters, or almost 53.5 percent, voted against the initiative. Mohave County was the only county that voted against the sales tax increase.

The Bullhead City, Fort Mohave and the Mohave Valley voting precincts also mirrored the county in its vote against Proposition 100.

There were 2,556 Bullhead City people who voted against the sales tax increase and 1,755 voters who voted for it. In Fort Mohave, 945 people voted against it and 727 people voted for the proposition. In Mohave Valley, 418 people voted against the proposition while 344 people voted for the sales tax increase.

Unofficial results show that in Arizona, 745,240 or 64.3 percent of the voters voted for the sales tax increase. Those voting against the tax increase were 413,270 or 35.7 percent. More than 1.15 million Arizonians went to the polls Tuesday. The number of registered voters in the state is about 3.1 million.

The current sales tax is 5.6 cents per one dollar. The sales tax will increase to 6.6 cents per one dollar. Two-thirds of the temporary sales tax increase would be used for public primary and secondary education. One third of the temporary sales tax increase would be used for health and human services and for public safety.

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