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UPDATE: Cedar Rapids PPEL officially approved

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CEDAR RAPIDS (KWWL) - After the official Cedar Rapids canvass today, the vote count is unchanged -- meaning the levy passed voter approval.

In a close vote that went to the recount, the official results are 3,264 yes votes to 3,233 no votes. The measure only needed a simple majority to pass.



After an extremely close race with ballot machine problems, it looks like the Cedar Rapids Community School District will indeed get more money to fix schools.

Tuesday voters went to the polls to decide on the district's Physical Plant and Equipment Levy (PPEL). Raising the rate, which will mean higher property taxes, barely squeaked by voters. The yes's won by just 32 votes.

However, there were problems at multiple polling places as machines were jamming. Some speculate the jams were caused by humidity while others say it was high voter turnout.

Thursday officials did an administrative recount. They discovered four ballots were counted twice in the original count. 

They also added in provisional ballots and one received absentee ballot.

Now, the "yes" vote total is 3,264 and the "no" vote total is 3,233.

While it is still possible that missing absentee ballots will arrive, Deputy Commissioner of Elections Tim Box says it's unlikely.

The official canvass of votes is scheduled for Monday.





Amie Steffeneicher contributed to this report.
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