With ballot results trickling in for Tuesday’s primary election, the city of San Diego’s Proposition A is, unsurprisingly, passing with flying colors. After the second round of results were released at 9:30 p.m., 71.77 percent of voters supported this measure.
Prop. A proposes several changes to the City Charter regarding election timing, mostly to comply with state regulations. If it passes, which is likely since there was no opposition to the amendments, Prop. A would push back inauguration day for a new mayor, council member or city attorney from the current “first Monday after the first day of December next succeeding the election,” to “the 10th day of December,” unless the 10th is a weekend or holiday, in which case the swearing-in would be on the following calendar day that’s not a holiday or weekend.
It would also extend the deadline for a special runoff election for mayor or a City Council seat if no candidate earns more than 50 percent of the vote, from within 49 days of the special election to up to 90 days after. This is necessary to comply with an updated state regulation that requires that ballots for military and overseas voters be mailed no later than 45 days before an election, which, coupled with the 28 days the Registrar of Voters has to certify the election results, clearly exceeds the existing 49 day timeframe.
Though these results are early still, the proposition is widely expected to pass. The 71.77 percent figure is based on 59,865 votes for Prop. A and 23,546 against it in an election with low turnout predicted.