Texas Election Day results flow in

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Registered voters headed to the polls Tuesday for statewide and local elections.

The highest profile issue for Dallas is the school district’s $1.6 billion bond plan. The money will be used to build nine new schools and rehab old ones. But there were well-organized campaigns both for and against the measure.

As of 10 p.m. Tuesday, the proposal was passing by a 20 percent margin.

Five other school districts in North Texas also had bond elections, including Grand Prairie, Highland Park, Allen, Rockwall and Godley.

In Highland Park ISD, the $361 million bond issue seemed to be easily passing as of 10 p.m. Tuesday with 79 percent of precincts reporting and 56 percent voting for and 44 percent voting against.

It’s the same story in Allen ISD, where a $272 million bond issue was cruising to an easy approval from voters. One hundred percent of the votes there are in with 76 percent for and 24 percent against.

In Rockwall ISD, a $256 million package was passing with 65 percent for and 35 percent against, with 67 percent of precincts reporting.

They are an indication of the steady population growth in the area as Texas continues to outpace the rest of the nation when it comes to job creation and overall economic growth.

There were city council elections in nine area cities including Glenn Heights, Princeton, Lowry Crossing, Lavon, Josephine, Benbrook, Grapevine, White Settlement and The Colony. Five of these cities have mayoral elections.

Other cities such as Glenn Heights, Lewisville, Mesquite, Richardson, McKinney, Richland Hills, Cleburne and Trophy Club have bond elections to pay for things like parks, street improvements and public safety.

Additionally, voters statewide have easily approved all seven proposed amendments to the Texas Constitution.

Texans voted Tuesday to support increasing homeowners' school property tax homestead exemption from $15,000 to $25,000, which should save the average family about $125 per year.

Voters also allowed the land and agriculture commissioners, the comptroller, attorney general and members of the Rail Road Commission to live outside Austin — though none say they plan to. The governor, lieutenant governor and Texas Supreme Court and Court of Criminal Appeals justices won't be affected.

Hunting and fishing were solidified as constitutional rights, and voters approved at least an extra $2.5 billion annually in public funding for roads and highways clogged by Texas' booming population.

The results of Tuesday's election also relax rules on professional sports team raffles and road privatization in small counties, while exempting more spouses of totally disabled veterans from paying property taxes.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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