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Measure C Loses Ground in Vote Tally Released Tuesday Afternoon

The 7,300 ballots left to be counted are from Districts 3, 4 and 5. District 5 includes American Canyon, Napa County's second biggest city
by Kerana Todorov
June 13, 2018

The ballot measure that would limit the removal of oak trees in the hills above the Napa Valley floor and limit vineyard development continued to lose ground to the “No on C” campaign, according to the Napa County Election Division. The election was June 5.

As of Tuesday afternoon, “No on C” was ahead, with 48.15 percent of the ballot cast – or 14,393 votes. Measure C was behind, with 47.11 percent of the votes – or 14,080 votes.

Measure C began to trail Monday after leading for a few days by razor thin margins. On June 5, Measure C had 40 more “Yes” votes than “No” votes.

Napa County Clerk John Tuteur said Tuesday there were about 7,300 ballots left to be tallied. Another set of results is expected to be released today, Wednesday. That would represent 95 percent of all ballots cast, he said.

The 7,300 ballots left to be counted are from Supervisor Districts 3, 4 and 5, Tuteur said in a written statement. District 5 includes American Canyon, Napa County’s second biggest city.

“Once the vote by mail ballots are counted, the Election Division has several steps to take before being able to certify the final election results,” Tuteur said in his written statement. This includes “resolving” ballots cast by voters registered in the 14 days before and on Election Day; duplicating about 750 to 1,000 ballots received in a damaged condition; and doing a manual tally of approximately 1,200 paper ballots to confirm the accuracy of the machine count, he explained.

"I hope to certify the election the week of June 25," Tuteur said.

Mike Hackett, one of the leaders behind Measure C, was picking up signs Tuesday. He was waiting to see more results before making a comment.

Ryan Klobas, policy director at the Napa County Farm Bureau, a strong opponent of Measure C, was optimistic Tuesday evening.

“We remain confident and optimistic and are awaiting the final result. We hope to have a result soon!” he said in an email Tuesday evening.

Measure C, if approved, would allow the removal of up to 795 woodland acres from land zoned agricultural watershed in the hills above the Napa Valley floor before requiring a permit. Other provisions include setting buffers zones of 25 to 125 feet along streams in the hillside. Wetlands would be protected with a 150-foot buffer.

Supporters said the provisions of Measure C would protect Napa County’s water supply, including the cities’ reservoirs; those opposed said Measure C was vague, unnecessary and full of unintended consequences. They predicted the measure would result in litigation.

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