Monterey Herald: “Latest election report: Transportation tax still on track for approval”

Measure X, the 30-year, $600 million transportation sales tax, remained a few hundred votes above the required two-thirds needed for vote approval, and two close races for Salinas City Council widened, according to the latest Monterey County results from last week’s presidential election.

Friday’s report issued by the county elections department showed Measure X with 282 votes more than the required super-majority, with 65,573 votes out of 97,936 cast.

In Salinas’ District 1, Scott Davis held a 35-vote lead over Brian Contreras, up from 16 in Wednesday’s report, while incumbent Jose Castañeda trailed in fourth place, and in District 6, challenger Tony Villegas forged a 45-vote lead over incumbent Jyl Lutes, who had held a two-vote lead earlier this week.

A total of 99,919 ballots have been counted thus far and 41,786 are left to be counted.

To read the story written by Jim Johnson on the Herald’s website, click onto:

http://www.montereyherald.com/government-and-politics/20161118/latest-election-report-transportation-tax-still-on-track-for-approval