Proposition 1, Gavin Newsom’s California Homeless Measure, Is Too Close to Call

Two weeks after Super Tuesday, the vote in California is still too close to call on a mental health ballot measure that is a key piece of Gov. Gavin Newsom’s plan to address homelessness.

Proposition 1 was supposed to pass easily. The $6.4 billion bond measure would finance housing and treatment for homeless people with mental illness or addiction, and California voters have repeatedly cited homelessness as one of their top concerns.

But as of Tuesday morning, the yes vote on the measure was ahead by fewer than 20,000 votes out of more than 7 million cast, according to the California Secretary of State’s office, and there were about 220,000 ballots remaining to be counted. The Associated Press has not yet called the result.

The margin is so close that both supporters and opponents have now begun efforts to “cure” mail-in ballots that have been excluded from the count so far because the signatures on them did not match those in state records. Paul Mitchell, a Democratic political consultant and political data expert, said in a social media post this week that the state had received a little more than 42,500 ballots with mismatched signatures.

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