HEALTH ACCESS UPDATE
Wednesday, December 1, 2004
PROP 72 VOTE TALLY CONTINUES TO BE CLOSE
- “No” Vote Continues To Prevail
- Votes Still Being Counted In Remarkably Close Election
As has been reported last night and this morning, the Secretary of State posted an update last night on election returns that showed Prop. 72 winning by 50.5% with a vote margin of 102,271 votes. Unfortunately, this seems to have been a clerical or reporting error, although the campaign is checking.
New reporting this morning has a “no” vote on Prop. 72 prevailing again. In addition, some ballots remain to be counted in many counties. Final final results will not be known for some days yet. However, it seems unlikely although not impossible that the end result will be a victory for Prop. 72.
This continues to show the closeness of the vote, that despite $16 billion of scare tactics by the opposition, that over 5.5 million Californians voted for health care reform. With this momentum, we will win an expansion of health coverage, if not immediately, in the near future.
We are carefully monitoring the situation and will provide updates as we get them.