While watching the election results roll in last night, I was under the assumption that Proposition 37, which would require labeling of all genetically modified foods, had not passed. I was watching the results come in on this site.
Here are the Prop 37 voting results as of 9:44pm last night (November 6th):
Rather than refreshing the page, I opened a new tab about 20 minutes later to see if the numbers had changed. Here’s what I saw at 10:05pm:
That’s an additional 92,233 votes for yes, and 100,674 more votes for no.
I checked again this morning (at 7:19am) and was surprised to see that the yes votes had more than doubled!
That’s another 2,569,609 votes for yes, and another 2,532,763 votes for no. This was a nice surprise, as I didn’t know they were still counting votes. Yes on 37 is gaining ground! The positive momentum is very encouraging to see.
According to the CA Secretary of State FAQ page:
“…election results will change throughout the canvass period as vote-by-mail ballots, provisional ballots and other ballots are tallied. Depending on the volume of these types of ballots, it takes up to 28 days for county elections officials to verify voter records and determine if ballots have been cast by eligible voters. How often these results are updated will vary based on the size of each county and the process each local elections office uses to tally and report votes.
County elections officials must report their final results to the Secretary of State by December 7. The Secretary of State then will certify the results of the election by December 14.”
It sounds like a lot of California voters cast their votes by mail… So there’s still a chance for Prop 37 to pass. I’ll be keeping a close eye on this today. Fingers crossed!