ELECTION UPDATE: Measures A and B defeated
By Laura Hagar Rush, Townsy Media, March 5, 2021
The Sonoma County Registrar of Voters posted its most recent count of ballots for Measures A and B at 2:36 p.m. on Friday, March 5. Although mail-in ballots delivered this week pushed the number of yes votes for both measures higher, it wasn’t enough in either case to reach the two-thirds majority required to pass.
Measure A, a $48 parcel tax for the West Sonoma County Union High School District, is now showing 58.19% in favor and 41.81% opposed. Measure B, an increase to the west county transient occupancy tax, now shows 62.37% in favor and 37.63% opposed.
These are still not final numbers. There are still a few hundred ballots (mostly provisional ballots) to be counted, according to Wendy Hudson, chief deputy registrar of voters. Hudson said the Registrar’s office will be counting the provisional ballots early next week.
It is now numerically impossible, however, for those to make a difference.
Today, March 5, was the last day that the Sonoma County Registrar of Voters accepted mail-in ballots that were post-marked on or before election day.
Registrar of Voters Deva Marie Proto has 30 days after the election to certify the results, but has said she expects to certify sooner than that.
The defeat of Measures A and B is a devastating blow for the West Sonoma County Union High School District, which was counting on one or both of these measures to pass in order to stave off the proposed consolidation of its two main high school campuses, Analy and El Molino. The defeat of both measures means the district will likely proceed with its plans to consolidate — moving El Molino students to the Analy campus, while moving the district office and Laguna High School to El Molino. The Bodega Bay Fire Protection district, which had hoped to get 50% of the funds raised by Measure B, had a meeting this afternoon to discuss the ramifications of the vote.
As of the current count, out of 37,339 registered voters in west county, 16,615 people voted in this election.