Only two counties remain: Clackamas and Sherman. All the others have finished their recounts in Oregon’s whisper-close Ballot Measure 92 recount on GMO labeling, according to results posted Wednesday afternoon by the Secretary of State’s Office. The tally — right now — shows the measure ahead by more than 9,000 votes. But both Clackamas and Sherman counties voted down the measure in the Nov. 4 election. If their recounts closely follow their original votes, the measure will still fail by about 800 votes. The current tally shows a net change of just 11 votes added to the yes column — far from the 812 needed to overcome the margin of defeat in the original result.
Supporters of the measure — which would require labeling of packaging, bins and shipping containers containing genetically modified foods — filed a lawsuit this week in hopes of forcing the state to count about 4,600 ballots that were disqualified because of signature discrepancies.
A Multnomah County judge rejected their bid Tuesday afternoon. Unless supporters try a last-ditch challenge, the Secretary of State’s Office is on track to collect the last county results no later than Friday and certify them — sealing the measure’s defeat — early next week.