Homeless in America. Photo is example of the problem and does not depict suspect. Photo via Pixabay
Homeless in America. Photo is example of the problem and does not depict suspect. Photo via Pixabay

Measure H, a proposed quarter-cent Los Angeles County sales tax to fund anti-homelessness programs, maintained the two-thirds majority needed for approval in an updated ballot tally released Friday.

According to the updated figures, which added the results of nearly 68,000 newly counted vote-by-mail ballots from Tuesday’s election, Measure H has 67.62 percent of the vote, with 422,456 votes in favor and 202,283 in opposition, according to the county Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk’s office.

With all precincts reporting after Tuesday election, preliminary results released early Wednesday morning showed Measure H with 67.44 percent of the vote, just ahead of the two-thirds majority it needs for approval. But with nearly 295,000 vote-by-mail, provisional and questioned ballots still left to be counted, it was unclear if the measure would maintain the required percentage.

Another ballot-counting update is expected to be released Tuesday, with all ballots scheduled to be tallied by the end of the month.

If ultimately approved, the quarter-cent sales tax is projected to generate $355 million annually for 10 years to fund a variety of programs to combat homelessness.

— City News Service

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