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Alameda Polls Open for Measure A Vote

Today is the day to vote in Alameda’s special election over Measure A, a new parcel tax that aims to support the Island school district.

Polls are open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, March 8.

There are very heated arguments about the measure, as has been the case recently with other parcel-tax proposals.

The League of Women Voters of Alameda had to cancel its February 3 forum on the measure, as controversies arose over the format and content of the public discussion.

The league has posted the pros and cons it gathered Measure A online, though.

Each and every vote counts, since the Measure A parcel tax needs to pass with 66.6% or more of the votes.

Last summer’s Measure E votes were: 14, 415, or 65.62%, yes; 7,551, or 34.38%, no.

Today’s parcel tax vote should be another close one.

Janet Levaux

  • Leland Traiman

    Today’s Measure A is the 4th school parcel tax election since June 2005. There seems to be an electoral progression.

    On June 7, 2005 a school parcel tax, also known as Measure A won. If an additional 98 people had turned out and voted no it would have lost.

    On June 3, 2008 Measure H won. If an additional 60 people had turned out and voted no it would have lost.

    On June 22, 2010 Measure E lost. If an additional 687 people had turned out and voted yes it would have won.

    If history is predictive, and it is not always predictive but it usually is, then today’s Measure A will lose with a larger margin than Measure E. We will (probably) find out tonight after the polls close at 8pm.

  • Jon Spangler

    I just came from the YES on Measure A victory party at Tucker’s Ice Cream. The latest results, with 28/28 precincts reporting:

    Measure A – Alameda USD
    Unofficial Final Results

    YES – 68.43%

    NO – 31.57%

    And the percentage of YES votes is certain to climb as the absentee votes are counted….

    Thank you to all those who worked for and voted for Measure A!