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Wildomar's Measure Z 'Yes Vote' Increases

Thursday night the registrar’s office posted updated election results that added a little more cushion to the Yes on Z count.

“In my experience, the trend usually holds,” said Kari Verjil, Riverside County Registrar of Voters.

Those words are good news to Wildomar parks’ supporters who are anxiously waiting to see if their early victory on Measure Z holds.

Thursday night the registrar’s office posted updated election results that added a little more cushion to the Yes on Z count.

There has been reason to worry.

Z required a two-thirds majority and the tally had come in at 66.77 percent, which is enough to pass.

But the registrar’s office still had another 105,000 vote-by-mail, 60,000 provisional, and 18,000 damaged ballots that needed counting.

At 5:22 p.m. Thursday, the registrar's office posted that it had counted another 19,000 vote-by-mail ballots and that pushed the Yes on Z vote up to 66.83 percent.

“It should be ok,” Verjil said of the upward trend.

At press time, Verjil could not say how many of the outstanding ballots may be from Wildomar, but she explained that the remaining uncounted vote-by-mail ballots are expected to be tallied by Saturday night; the damaged ballots will take longer, and the provisional ballots may take up to several weeks.

[Click here to see the latest election results updates.]

The registrar’s office has until Dec. 4 to certify the final results, and any requests for recounts must come within 5 days of that date, Verjil said.

According to the latest results from the registrar's office, 8,201 voters cast a ballot on Measure Z: 5,481 voted yes, while 2,720 said no to the measure that asked Wildomar voters if they are willing to pay an annual $28 special tax to fund their city parks. If the measure were to fail, the city contends there is not enough money in its budget to open its three parks.

In 2011, a similar initiative -- Measure D -- was put to voters but failed to pass. In that special election, fewer than 4,000 Wildomar voters cast a ballot.

Martha L. Bridges November 11, 2012 at 04:50 PM
I have known and helped HOPE for years. Our club used to do both food and clothing drives to help out. They are a wonderful organization, which not only helps those people in need, but does their work in a very systematized way. They help children and families throughout the Lake Elsinore Unified School District to get proper clothing, and provide food for those truly in need. Winter and the holiday season are just about here and there is a great necessity for their services. Please join me in giving whatever you can afford. Coats, sweaters and other cold weather clothing are especially needed during the winter months. You can be sure that the HOPE staff will make certain that your donations are used to help people in true need.
Martha L. Bridges November 11, 2012 at 05:05 PM
There ARE good, hard working people for which the Measure "Z" parks tax will be an additional burden. It asks not just for the money needed to reopen and maintain our 3 small parks, but for TWICE what is needed. Measure "Z" supporters are forever pushing the needs and wants of people with children, without considering the many good people who are living on fixed or reduced incomes - people who will probably rarely or never use these facilities - but will be required to pay for them. John Lloyd, the city and other supporters dream of a vastly expanded parks program with after school programs, sports and recreation programs and even dancing classes. These are things that parents should be paying for if they want them for their children. Government, especially a struggling local government, has far more important and fundamental services which it needs to delivered to ALL its citizens.
Constant Comment November 12, 2012 at 02:39 AM
Bitter, bitter Marfa! Does your venom never end? You lost! Face it like the big girl we all know you are! Still drivin that old caddy? What about all the people that you're choking out with all your gas emissions? If you're so worried about your neighbors, charity begins at home. Clean up your yard for GODS sake!
Constant Comment November 12, 2012 at 02:43 AM
Marfa, had to get that last jab in, did ya? I HOPE that we NEVER see you at any of the parks. You already know what this entire city thinks about you & how UN welcomed you'd be. My suggestion would be to get yourself a hobby that doesn't involve interfacing with any human beings. }~)

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