Recount Possible on Oregon GMO Labeling Measure 92

Recount Possible on Oregon GMO Labeling Measure 92

Oregon Secretary of State says office will not make official call on recount of GMO labeling measure 92 until next week

With all of the results of Oregon's Nov. 4 elections in as of 5 p.m. Monday night, Oregon's Secretary of State Kate Brown says the slim margin on the state's GMO labeling measure 92 indicates it could be up for recount, but her office must certify the results first.

Measure 92, which requires "food manufacturers and retailers to label 'genetically engineered' foods as such," was called by many outlets as a defeat days after the election, but as results trickled in the margin became narrower.

Oregon Right to Know, a group supporting the GMO labeling, said the 4,000-vote margin slimmed to fewer than 1,500 votes last week. It now rests at 812.

A voter enters a polling station at the Community Center November 4, 2014, in Garwin, Iowa. (Photo by Steve Pope/Getty Images)

"We’ve known since election night that this race is too close to call. Instead of throwing in the towel when we trailed narrowly in the first vote counts, the Yes on Measure 92 campaign went to work," Sandeep Kaushik, a spokesperson for Oregon Right to Know, said last week. "We activated our campaign staff and hundreds of volunteers over the last week to ensure that every possible valid vote is counted."

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State law says the initial count must be within a 0.2% margin, about 3,000 votes, to fall in the criteria for a mandatory recount, the RTK campaign said.

But those results must first be certified, according to the Oregon Secretary of State's office, and the call on a recount may not be made until next week, the Oregonian reported.

More than $8 million was spent supporting the "yes" campaign, according to the Oregon Secretary of State and reported by The Oregonian, though it was outpaced by the $20 million spent to defeat it.

According to the paper, Oregon has "never had a statewide recount that reversed the initial finding of which way voters had cast more ballots."

According to FairVote, a Maryland-based advocacy group, only five out of 22 recounts around the U.S. since 2000 produced a "shift large enough to alter the outcome of Oregon's measure," the Washington Times reported.

Continue reading:  Recount of votes on GMO Measure 92, while likely, won't be decided until December, state says

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