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Final absentee count today

Submitted by on 1, June 9, 2008 – 7:45 amNo Comment

The Measure H march continues today at the Registrar of Voters, where they’ll count the remaining “few dozen” absentee ballots that walked into the polls but were too damaged to be read by the scanners there. The 6,500 provisional ballots cast countywide are expected to be counted Tuesday. Right now, the results stand at 66.65 percent for the temporary parcel tax, 33.35 percent against. It needs two-thirds of the vote, plus one (ED. CORRECTS: two-thirds, NOT two-thirds plus one), to pass.

And that, of course, is the $64,000 question: Is this thing gonna pass or what? Well, there are two places you can go for an answer, if you can’t wait for the answer.

Start with school board Trustee Mike “Mack Data” McMahon, who has a nifty Measure H Calculator on his website (scroll down to “New Toy,” just past his June 6 “Election Results – Now We Are Talking” entry). Just enter the number of provisional/remaining absentee votes you think will be from Alameda, and it’ll tell you what percentage of the vote is needed from that number for the thing to win (you’ll need to scroll down through the row of cells under the number you enter to make it work). There’s gotta be a drinking game in here somewhere.

If that’s too much work for you, check out fellowblogger Rob Siltanen’s rundown on what he thinks is going to happen this week. (And he’s a teacher, so his math is bound to be far better than mine.)

We’ll update you on the results as the info comes.

In other news, the Planning Board is slated to meet tonight to discuss, among other things, the fate of the property where Chevy’s used to sit (the owner wants to put office buildings there; city staff says nay). Also tonight, the city council continues its budget discussions. We’ll have more on that tomorrow if we can keep our eyelids propped.

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