Measure S By the Numbers

With essentially just 31% of Contra Costa County voting in Tuesday’s election, just 17% of the entire voting base was able to kill Measure S which ensures layoffs and stations closing. While it’s easy to claim the voters spoke—a majority of voters chose not to even vote.

While I am not going to sit here and claim that had more than 30% voted, the outcome would have changed, I simply believe it would have been a lot closer than it was.

One thing to keep in mind is that absentee ballots killed the Measure prior to voting day—a total of 9,393 votes were cast via mail compared to just 4,823 who voted on Tuesday. That meant voters had already made up their mind weeks before a lot of the information was corrected and the Brentwood Press two magnificent articles were printed.

To put the Measure S vote in perspective, Oakley has 35,000 people in it while Brentwood has 52,000 for a combined 97,000 people. Measure S had just 14,216 votes.

Tuesday’s election raises a lot larger issue than Measure S as it showcases just how disengaged voters are in their local politics for whatever reason. One thing is clear, with such a low voter turnout; it means your vote carries more weight.

Let’s hope in November voters come back to the polls.

Measure S Total Vote:
Yes:       43.56% (6,193)
No:         56.44% (8,023)

Measure S Election Day Vote
Yes:        2,055
No:         2,768

Measure S Vote By Mail Vote
Yes:        4,138
No:         5,255

Measure S City by City totals

Bethel Island (station will close)
Yes: 224
No:  226

Yes: 3,209
No:  4206

Yes: 1,681
No:  2,007

Knightsen (station will close)
Yes: 55
No: 161

Discovery Bay
Yes: 911
No:  1,305

Note: these are not complete numbers as I did not include everyone, but it gives you an idea of how the bigger Cities voted.

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Contra Costa County Precinct Turnout (All)

Highest Precinct Turnout
0000133 WC0 8:                 64.95% (745 of 1,147 voted)
0009570 PB5 6:                  62.50% (5 of 8 voted)
0000206 BW0 17:              61.62% (1,095 of 1,777 voted) (Brentwood)
0000052 AL5 8:                  57.35 % (523 of 912 voted)

Lowest Precinct Turnout

0009589 AN0 13:               2.36% (9 of 381 voted)
0009569 NI5 6:                   12.5% (1 of 8 voted)
0009644 PO5 52:               13.33% (16 of 120 voted)


About burkforoakley

I call it like I see it . I love my city, I love my community and I want what is best for the people around me. Do the right thing, I will support you. Do the wrong thing, I will oppose you!
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