I am hearing that the Alameda County Registrar will release the remaining vote totals on Friday [ed note: others are saying it could be as early as tomorrow]. What we’re talking about are provisional ballots—like people who moved and voted at a precinct that didn’t have their name on the list. Or those people who had absentee ballots and walked them into their polling places yesterday. Those election-day absentee ballots and provisional votes have not yet been counted. They are important because people are guesstimating (based on the way the vote looked yesterday, with already-counted election day totals running about 72 percent in favor of Measure H) how many more voters Measure H needs to pull up over that two-thirds threshold. (The absentee votes mailed in before election day had a lower percentage of ‘yes’ votes, about 62 percent.) Basically, the more votes the better—assuming that, like the other election day votes, the provisional and absentee votes hand delivered to the polling places on election day are running overwhelmingly in support of Measure H.
Here’s official comment from Ron Mooney from the Measure H campaign:
We are grateful to the thousands of Alamedans who voted yesterday. As of today, Measure H received more than 65% ‘yes’ votes. In most races, this would be a landslide. Unfortunately, a parcel tax election still requires a 2/3 majority to pass. While we hoped to exceed the requirement last night, as of today, ballots are still being counted. Yes on H remains optimistic that the final results will meet the 2/3 requirement. We extend our deep gratitude to the hundreds of volunteers who worked to save Alameda schools from the State budget crisis and continue to work to Keep Alameda Schools Excellent!