Open-space bond measure picks up 'yes' votes

Thousands of provisional ballots still to be counted, but Measure AA support is increasing

With at least 19,000 ballots yet to be counted, the fate of Measure AA, the $300 million bond measure for the Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District, still hangs in the balance.

As of 8 p.m. Friday, the "yes" votes totaled 70,659 and the "no" votes, 33,564, according to the registrars of voters in Santa Clara, San Mateo and Santa Cruz counties.

To pass, the measure must win support from two-thirds of the voters. By the current count, the measure has 67.8 percent of the votes.

The Santa Clara County registrar still lists 7,000 provisional ballots as uncounted; mail-in ballots have been tallied. In San Mateo County the registrar has 12,000 remaining mail-in and provisional ballots as of Monday morning. The number includes 2,100 provisional ballots, according to the registrar's office.

Of the remaining 19,000 ballots to be counted, 11,490 of them -- or 60.5 percent -- would need to favor Measure AA for the measure to pass.

The current vote count by county is:

● San Mateo County: 20,988 yes and 10,958 no.

● Santa Clara County: 49,670 yes and 22,606 no.

● Santa Cruz County: 1 yes and 0 no

In Santa Cruz County, where only a small rural area is in the district, only one vote was cast and it was for the measure.

The district wants the authority to issue up to $300 million in bonds to improve, preserve and restore its properties and to purchase land needed to connect trails and preserve plant and animal habitats.

● Check these links for the latest counts:

(1) San Mateo County results

(2) Santa Clara County results

— Palo Alto Weekly and Almanac staff


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Posted by Doug Pearson
a resident of Blossom Valley
on Jun 9, 2014 at 5:02 pm

Thank you for continuing to report on the Measure AA vote. I hope it passes and the fact that it is so close is holding my interest.

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