Voters in Rhode Island approved Question 1 on the midterm General Election ballot on Tuesday.

“Fix Our Schools RI is so pleased with the results of Question 1. Following a year-long campaign, Question 1,  the $250 million school construction bond, has been approved by the voters. Rhode Islanders know how important it is to invest in our public school buildings, and showed that they value our children and their futures with their support of Question 1.” Erich Haslehurst,  Director of Fix Our Schools RI said in a statement.

“At this critical moment for our schools, RI now has the tools to begin the necessary repairs and new construction projects to improve the quality of our school buildings — and in turn, the quality of our education,” he said.

According to a statewide assessment of all Rhode Island public schools, more than $2.2 billion in deficiencies exists within the buildings; $627.6 million is required just to address immediate health and safety concerns. The plan to fix our schools includes the $250 million statewide bond (Question 1), temporary, project-based bonuses, and new cost-saving and asset-protection measures.

Unofficial results: Updated November 06, 2018 11:14 PM
420 of 421 precincts reporting (99%)

1. RHODE ISLAND SCHOOL BUILDINGS – $250,000,000

Candidate
Ballot breakout
Total votes Pct
Approve
  • Polling place: 250551
  • Mail ballots: 18123
268674 76.6%
Reject
  • Polling place: 77026
  • Mail ballots: 4935
81961 23.4%

 

 

Unofficial results across Rhode Island show voters also approved Question 2 and Question 3 on the ballot on Tuesday.

2. HIGHER EDUCATION FACILITIES – $70,000,000

Candidate
Ballot breakout
Total votes Pct
Approve
  • Polling place: 191866
  • Mail ballots: 14760
206626 59.4%
Reject
  • Polling place: 133113
  • Mail ballots: 8113
141226 40.6%

 

3. GREEN ECONOMY AND CLEAN WATER – $47,300,000

Candidate
Ballot breakout
Total votes Pct
Approve
  • Polling place: 256864
  • Mail ballots: 18518
275382 78.8%
Reject
  • Polling place: 69510
  • Mail ballots: 4504
74014 21.2%

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