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Voter turnout markedly low in Tuesday’s election

Of the more than 800,000 Alameda County citizens registered to vote, only about 28 percent of residents voted in this year’s midterm elections — not including mail-in ballots — a turnout markedly lower than the 2012 presidential election and the 2010 election.
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George Beier leads District 8 race against 3 other candidates

As of 12:45 a.m., Droste was ahead of three other District 8 hopefuls, with a 1.24-point lead over runner-up Mike Alvarez Cohen, chair of the city’s Zoning Adjustments Board. George Beier, president of the Willard Neighborhood Association, came in third with about 26 percent of the vote. Jacquelyn McCormick, head of the Claremont Elmwood Neighborhood Association, came in fourth with 18.9 percent of the vote.
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Measure R, Green Downtown initiative, fails

Measure R, which would have expanded and implemented more stringent regulations for Downtown buildings and created a Civic Center zoning overlay to protect historic parks and buildings, failed to pass Wednesday with 73.87 percent of Berkeley residents voting against the measure.
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