On Tuesday, 134 Cherokee County residents in the communities of Marcus, Meriden, and Cleghorn went to the polls to determine the fate of a public measure during a special election.
For the third time in the last year and a half, Northwest Iowa Community College in Sheldon once again tried and failed to get a public measure approved by voters in its school district that states: Shall the Board of Directors of NICC in the counties of Cherokee, Clay, Dickinson, Lyon, O'Brien, Osceola, Plymouth and Sioux be authorized to erect, equip, renovate and expand buildings for community college student learning purposes, including construction of new buildings, expansion and/or renovation of existing buildings and student support areas, upgrading mechanical and advance technology systems, contract indebtedness therefore, and issue its school bonds in an amount not exceeding $13,400,000 for those purposes?
The unofficial results from all counties involved were 3,278 yes votes (54.33 percent), 2,756 no votes (45.67 percent). The public measure needed a 60 percent majority to pass.
County-by-county breakdown is as follows: Cherokee County - 111 yes, 23 no; Lyon County - 484 yes, 471 no; O'Brien County - 1,448 yes 661 no; Osceola County - 225 yes, 191 no; and Sioux County - 1,010 yes, 1,410 no.
A closer look at Cherokee County (northwest tier portion only) shows that voter turnout was at 6.26 percent, 134 voter turned out of 2,141 registered voters.
In the Cleghorn Precinct there were 41 voters and three absentee voters. Marcus Precinct had 68 voters and 22 absentee voters.
The Cherokee County Board of Supervisors will canvass the Cherokee County votes on Tuesday, Feb. 14 and then send the results to the public measure's home county of Sioux County.