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With ballot boxes set to close at 8 p.m. Tuesday, local election turnout is looking strong for the Feb. 13 special election.

Voters in four out of Cowlitz County’s six school districts will decide more than $200 million in potential school funding this year, including four crucial replacement levies and two big-ticket bond measures.

Kalama leads the county in turnout with nearly 45 percent of the district’s 4,700 registered voters having already voted. The Kalama School District is asking voters to approve a $64.3 million school bond in addition to a replacement levy.

Meanwhile, roughly 32 percent of Kelso School District voters had cast ballots as of Tuesday afternoon. The district is seeking approval for a $98.6 million school bond, as well as a replacement levy.

The Longview School District also has an important replacement levy and technology levy on the ballot. The levies would replace similar levies that expire this year. About 30 percent of district voters had voted, according to the most recent ballot count.

Nearly 34 percent of Castle Rock School District voters had voted on the district’s own replacement levy as of Tuesday afternoon.

Turnout in each district has met the necessary validation requirements, according to the Cowlitz County Election Office.

Check later tonight for election results and analysis.



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