I was chitty-chatting with a neighbor yesterday (Hi, ECVL!) and he was surprised to learn that, yes indeed, our home-town Measure H—the parcel tax for Alameda schools—had passed. ECVL had heard the news that came out right after the election on June 3rd, when it looked like H was going to fail by a slim margin, but he had not followed the changing story, as more provisional and absentee ballots were counted. And he did not know that the tax had slid to a win, with 66.9 percent of the vote. The final tally was 11,445 ‘yes’ votes and 5,663 ‘no’ votes, way over half, but just over the two-thirds required by Proposition 13 for local parcel taxes.
To repeat, the vote count now puts Measure H, the school parcel tax, well into passing territory—by 105 votes. Superblogger Lauren Do has a roundup of the latest news coverage over at Blogging Bayport. And I am looking forward to walking over to the school yard and smiling and high-fiving with some of the the parents who worked so hard to pass this tax. Because four million dollars a year for four years will, no matter what the naysayers say (and say it they do), make a big difference for the students of our district as well as for our town as a whole.
Well, the Alameda County Registrar of Voters has released another round of votes…which brings the Measure H tally to 11,001 ‘yes’ votes—for 66.66 percent. Measure H is getting ever-closer to passing! Tomorrow, according to spokesman Guy Ashley, county employees will be working on verifying and tallying the provisional votes…expect results to trickle in throughout the week.
Hello! So, it sounds like there will be more Measure H votes counted by this afternoon…but only the remaining absentee ballots (I’ve heard that there are between a few dozen and a hundred of these for the whole county.) “I always say it’ll be three or four in the afternoon,” said Alameda County Registrar of Voters Spokesman Guy Ashley. “But then it’s four or five…so some time around then.”
We’ll have to keep waiting, says Ashley, for county workers to verify and tally the remaining provisional ballots (there are an estimated 6,500 of these county-wide). “With every provisional ballot, we have to check a number of things,” says Ashley. “If someone shows up at the polling the place and there’s some reason to say, ‘Hmm, I shouldn’t give you a regular ballot, you’re at the wrong polling place, you’re not on a roster,’ we give them a provisional ballot. And that let’s us go back and research whether they’re able to vote.” As provisional ballots are verified throughout the week, says Ashley, they will be posted on Alameda’s new favorite web site: the Measure H page at the Alameda County Registrar’s office.
Okay, so KRON 4 doesn’t quite have all the details right (Measure H is not a ‘sports bond,’ for example). But our little parcel tax is getting network air time. And that’s kinda nice.
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There’s also a CBS story up tonight, too.
The Alameda County Registrar of Voters has just updated their site with another batch of votes. There are now 10,905 ‘yes’ votes for Alameda’s Measure H school parcel tax—that’s 66.65 percent. While it’s not quite up to the 66.67 percent it needs to pass, the vote is really, really, really close. And, according to Alameda County Registrar spokesperson Guy Ashley, there’s still more provisional votes left to tally. Look for those counts next week. For more details go check out Michele Ellson over at The Island. And Mike McMahon has a chart and some further info as well.
It looks like we’ll have some more votes counted this afternoon, but not all. Here’s a statement just in from the Alameda County Registrar of Voters Spokesman Guy Ashley:
Our staff is counting vote-by-mail ballots as we speak. We expect to get through the remainder of these ballots today. We will update the results this afternoon, as soon as we can. The provisional ballots are still being processed. That process will NOT be completed today and most likely will stretch into mid-week next week. How many of those ballots are from Alameda or any other area of Alameda County is impossible to say.
So today we will likely have a count of all the ballots people handed in at their polling places on Tuesday (what Ashley’s calling “vote-by mail,” what others have been calling absentee). And then the counting of the provisional votes, about 6,500 of them county-wide, will continue next week.
At 5:40 p.m. this afternoon the Alameda County Registrar posted additional votes on Measure H. The ‘yes’ total is now 10,225, for 66.37 percent of the vote. It’s creeping up!
Today’s results include about three-quarters of the absentee ballots that people walked into the polls on election day. Tomorrow, says County Registrar Spokesperson Guy Ashley, we should see a count that includes all the absentee ballots. And some time next week, a smaller number of provisional ballots, which have to be individually verified, will be posted. “We have more than half of our voters voting absentee now,” said Ashley. “Eight years ago it was under 10 percent. It’s really changed the way elections are counted.”
Lots of people have been running numbers, trying to guess just how this election will finally turn out. The general concept is that the more outstanding votes there are the better chance H has of passing. Problem is, of course, no one knows how many of the remaining county votes are from the City of Alameda. And, though we can make educated guesses, no one knows just what percentage of those votes are ‘yes.’ For some more details and analysis, go visit Rob Siltanen over at School 94501/94502.
If you’re a compulsive checker, you can keep looking at the Measure H vote totals at the Alameda county registrar’s site. As of 9 a.m. Thursday morning there are 9010 ‘yes’ and 4676 ‘no’ votes: that’s 65.83 percent ‘yes’…just shy, of course, of the required two-thirds. (While the registrar’s site says that 100 percent of the votes have been reported, that’s actually not the case: there are still some number of outstanding votes.) The official word last night from the Yes on H campaign, via Andy Currid, was this:
We’ve confirmed with the registrar of voters that more ballots remain to be counted. These are absentee (vote-by-mail) ballots that were turned in at polling places yesterday, and provisional ballots that were cast at the polls yesterday. As of this evening, the county hasn’t yet reported how many uncounted ballots there are, but we hope to know by the end of this week…So there is still optimism Measure H could pass. It will all depend on how many votes remain to be counted, and how heavily those votes skew toward Yes on H.
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!