ElectionWrap: More SF vote totals come in
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By Maya Strausberg and Caitlin Cassady
November 7, 2007
The San Francisco Department of Elections released updated vote
totals from Tuesday's election late this afternoon and the results
show Mayor Gavin Newsom maintaining an overwhelming lead in the
Newsom has received more than 73 percent of the votes with some
46 percent of the vote counted.
Small business owner Harold Hoogasian has garnered nearly 7 percent
of counted votes. Wilma Pang, a professor at San Francisco City
College, has received almost 6 percent and blogger Josh Wolf,
who spent 226 days imprisoned for refusing to turn over video
recordings of a 2005 protest, received 1.31 percent, according
to the Department of Elections.
With 267 of 580 precincts reporting, voters appear to feel strongly
about Proposition C, which would change the city charter regarding
submission of ballot measures, with a little more than 70 percent
If the mayor or any four supervisors want to place a measure
on a ballot, they must first submit the measure to the Board of
Supervisors for a public hearing.
Three other measures garnering a large percentage of "yes''
votes are propositions B, D and J. Proposition B, which would
prohibit appointed members of boards and commissions from serving
for more than 60 days after their term expires, has received a
70 percent approval rate from voters.
Currently there is no time limit on how long appointed members
may serve after their term has expired.
More than 73 percent of the counted votes favor Proposition D,
which would expand the Library Preservation Fund for another 15
Proposition J would make it city policy to offer free wireless
high-speed Internet through an agreement with a private provider
as quickly as possible. With about 46 percent of the vote counted,
the proposition has received a "yes'' from 63 percent of
The outcomes of the other seven propositions on the ballot are
too close to call. One of the more controversial propositions
is A, which would amend the city charter to provide additional
funding to the Municipal Transportation Authority. A little more
than 53 percent of voters are in favor of passing the measure,
according to numbers released by the Department of Elections.
A simple majority is needed to amend the city charter.
The voting machines used by San Francisco were not certified
by the Secretary of State, and therefore cannot be used to tabulate
votes the way they have been in the past. All ballots have been
brought to the Department of Elections and will be counted by
hand. The department of elections has pledged to release an update
of votes tabulated each day at 4 p.m. until all votes have been
counted. Election officials anticipate that 75 percent of the
votes would be counted by Friday.
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