Measure J results update

On Friday afternoon, Measure J crossed the 65 percent threshold but is still 1.59 percentage points away from passage.

As of Friday, there were still 340,684 votes to be counted, according to the Los Angeles County Registrar’s latest news release. In order for J to pass, more than 78 percent of the remaining votes (if all cast a vote for or against Measure J, which is doubtful), would have to be ‘yes’ votes.

As we’ve said before, that is possible but unlikely. It will, however, be interesting to see if Measure J can stay above 65 percent or perhaps climb within one percentage point of approval. For that to happen, the remaining votes likely need to come from the more central parts of the county, where support for J was the strongest.

Related: Measure J results by map and spreadsheet

4 replies

  1. Excuse me? They STILL have 350,000 ballots to count? Where do we live? Nigeria? The election was decades ago.

    On the other hand, if this is the County’s way of exerting some of its corrupt power and finagling an unearned win for Measure J, I am 100% behind this!

  2. They are Provisional Ballots & Absentee also I think. They always take a while to count as they have to be verified first, thought this seems to be going on a little long from my experience. Either way with that amount it is good to still keep an eye. Clearly this measure was popular despite the uphill battle it has. I feel like the campaign went to general say “It will create jobs.” People know that, it’s time to put it out there that this will finish the subway within a decade and allow users to get across the westside in XX minutes during rush. That will push some of the naysayers now. If it fails this time, keep bringing it back. Los Angeles deserves a world class transit system.

  3. Redebbm… I agree! The campaign was mainly about jobs and not about the actual effect of the measure in terms of completing transit (and highway) projects. I think that campaigning on that would have helped.

    • Hi Steve and Redebbm;

      I think it was interesting that both the campaigns for Measure R and Measure J spoke about projects on a very broad level – very little mention of specific projects. I have a hard time second-guessing the strategy because it worked with R and almost worked with J. That said, I am like you and wonder if selling some of the excellent benefits of particular projects would have made a difference. I don’t know.

      Steve Hymon
      Editor, The Source