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Measure B1 Just Shy of Success

Dec 5, 2012 at 3:00pm

Alameda CTC calls off recount. Despite receiving 66.53 percent of the vote, Measure B1 did not meet threshhold to pass.

The Alameda County Transportation Commission informed the Alameda County Registrar of Voters on December 4, 2012 that it accepts the certified election outcome. Measure B1, which would have brought almost $8 billion in transportation investments into the county, did not meet the threshold necessary to pass, despite receiving 66.53 percent of the vote. The required threshold to pass is 66.67 percent, and Measure B1 was just 0.14 percent below this.

Due to the high voter support for Measure B1 and almost reaching the two-thirds requirement to pass, Alameda CTC launched a recount. The recount began the morning of Tuesday, December 4. By close of business that day, the Registrar’s office had recounted 28,000 votes, and it only tallied an additional seven yes votes for Measure B1. Based on this outcome, it became clear that continuing the recount would not yield the almost 750 yes votes necessary to meet the minimum 66.67 percent for passage.

Alameda CTC Chair Mayor Mark Green says, “A clear majority of Alameda County demonstrated their support for Measure B1 — a transportation plan that supports forward-thinking solutions, economic vitality, environmental sustainability and a true multi-modal approach. These numbers show the urgent need to lower the voter approval threshold for special taxes in California.”

For more information, see the press release.

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