Measure B1 Backers Pull Plug on Recount

Backers of Measure B1 called a halt to the partial recount of ballots that they had requested from the November 6 election, after a review of votes yesterday failed to produce a substantial number of new “yes” for the measure. According to the Alameda County Registrar of Voters’ Office, Measure B1, a tax measure that would have raised $7.8 billion for transportation projects in the county, fell just 721 votes short of passing. In a statement, Tess Lengyel of the Alameda County Transportation Authority, the official sponsor of Measure B1, said that the partial recount of 28,000 ballots yesterday produced only seven new “yes” votes.

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