Polls close in California; and now the wait begins for Measure J results

Good evening, Source readers! I hope you had a pleasant Election Day.

Here’s the link to Measure J results from the Los Angeles County Registrar. If tradition holds, they’ll probably be updated two or three times an hour as the evening progresses.

I’m guessing it will be many hours until we know whether Measure J has been approved. It needs a super-majority of two-thirds (or 66.67 percent) to pass. If so, Metro aims to accelerate transit and road projects across the county; more info here.

In 2008, Measure R didn’t pass the two-thirds threshold until a few minutes after 1 a.m. — the percentages kept rising as the night wore on. Here’s the results from 2008 from the Los Angeles County Registrar:

As of Date: 11/28/2008 Time: 17:11 Votes Percent


R – MTA SALES TAX – YES 2,039,214 67.93
(2/3 OF VOTES CAST) – NO 962,569 32.07



Some notes about the numbers this time around:

•Registration in Los Angeles County is listed at 4,593,621 in 2012 — about 11.7 percent higher than four years ago when it was 4,111,642.

•In 2008, a total of 3,368,057 ballots were cast for a turnout of 81.92 percent. Of the ballots cast, 810,222 were by absentee vote.

•In 2008, 3,316,630 votes were cast in the presidential race in Los Angeles County versus 3,001,783 votes cast in the Measure R election. The point: not everyone votes on the down-ballot items.

•Here’s a map I did back in 2008 that shows Measure R results by city and Los Angeles council district. Green means Measure R passed the two-thirds threshold; red means it did not.

View Measure R results by city in a larger map

•And here’s a spreadsheet that shows the Measure R results by city in 2008. Please note that this spreadsheet was done before the official results were released in late November. Measure R received 60 percent or more of the vote in most parts of the county and received at least a simple majority in nearly all of the county. In the city of Los Angeles, Measure R was favored by 72 percent of voters.

•The Center for Transportation Excellence is tracking the 19 transportation-related items on ballots around the U.S. being decided by voters Tuesday. Measure J is the largest in terms of the number of voters expected to cast ballots; it’s probably fair to say that J is almost the more ambitious.