"The votes have been counted and the result is clear. This is a huge victory for public education in Arizona," Ducey said in a statement. "After years of lawsuits and fighting, we are moving forward and funding our teachers, students and schools – instead of lawyers."
Although the governor has declared victory, the election results will not be official until the secretary of state, Arizona's chief election officer, certifies them.
So, what happens now that there is a federal lawsuit to block the measure? There's no clear answer yet.
"I don't know anything about the lawsuit," Arizona Treasurer Jeff DeWit said. "But I would suspect I would see many more lawsuits that are similar."
DeWit, who led the effort to defeat Proposition 123, says changes to the trust also need congressional approval. Beyond the constitutional problems, DeWit says election errors skewed the results.
Top among those errors, state election officials failed to mail 200,000 election guides to voters before early voting started. The pamphlets, which were eventually sent to voters, include not just information about the election but also arguments for and against the ballots issues.
Had those booklets arrived in time, DeWit believes more people would have voted against Prop. 123.
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