Update 2:55 p.m. As of 2:16 p.m., the margin against Proposition 29, the proposed $1.00-per-pack cigarette tax, is now 28,265 votes. That’s down from 63,000 the morning after election day.

Original post KQED’s Joshua Johnson reports this afternoon that Alameda County is now the proud owner of a set of completely counted ballots from last week’s primary. Meaning as of today, Alameda is the only Bay Area county finished counting votes.

Here are Joshua’s numbers on Bay Area ballots still in process…

  • Alameda County: done
  • Contra Costa County: 3,811 provisional ballots as of June 11th, 290 late conditional ballots (these will be counted last).
  • Marin County: 2,000 provisional ballots which have yet to be counted at all. Officials are still working though 15,000 mail-in ballots. Registrar Eliane Ginnold says she has more than enough volunteers to get the job done in a timely fashion.
  • Napa County: more than 9,500 mail-in ballots yet to be processed, 177 provisional ballots.
  • San Francisco: just over 6,000 ballots left.
  • San Mateo County: about 4,000 ballots left, mostly provisional ballots.
  • Santa Clara County: about 2,000 mail-in ballots to be counted, about 6,600 provisional ballots to be processed.
  • Solano County: about 2,600 provisional ballots to be processed.
  • Sonoma County: does not release running tallies of vote counts. Voters turned in 18,000 mail-in ballots at precincts which are being processed for scanning. Sonoma County had a total of 92,500 mail-in ballots.

By the way as of this morning, the margin against Proposition 29, the proposed $1.00 per pack cigarette tax add-on, is now just 33,208 votes. That’s down from 63,000 the morning after election day.

  • http://www.facebook.com/gabriel.roybal Gabriel Roybal

    still not sure which direction this should go.

  • Patty Shenker

    I am thrilled that it is so close. I Would’ve bet that it would pass, even though it shouldn’t. No on Prop 29 convinced people to look past the smoke & mirrors to the real essence of this proposition which was never intended to help people who are suffering from cigarette-related diseases. The fact that No will probably win says a lot to us Californians who don’t support the cigarette industry but don’t support sneaky props like this one. 

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