California voters elected Jerry Brown as governor, shot down the legalization of marijuana via Proposition 19 and voted against Proposition 21 that adds an $18 surcharge for vehicle licensing to help support state parks.
Inyo County residents, however, would have elected Meg Whitman as governor and defeated the vehicle licensing fees proposition.
In most cases, Inyo County’s election results differed from the state as a whole, with local residents favoring Republican candidates while the statewide majority of the votes going to Democratic candidates in most races.
Bishop voters, meanwhile, approved Measure C with 474, or 58.37 percent Yes votes, and 338 or 41.63 percent No votes. With approval from voters, residents will be allowed to keep up to four chickens or rabbits on residential lots within the city.
In Lone Pine, residents voted LeRoy Kritz, Nancy Lamar-Overbey and William Dell to serve on the Lone Pine Unified School District Governing Board.
In the race for the 25th Congressional District, Inyo County voters gave 57.11 percent of the votes, or 2,918, to Republican incumbent Howard “Buck” McKeon and 2,191, or 42.89 percent of the votes, to Democrat Jackie Conaway.
Districtwide, the results were the same, with McKeon coming out on top with 61.7 percent of the votes and Conaway receiving 38.3 percent of the votes.
In the race for the state’s 18th Senate District, Inyo County voters supported Republican Jean Fuller with 59.72 percent of the votes going her way and 40.82 percent of the votes going to Democrat Carter N. Pope.
Districtwide, voters also elected Fuller, giving her 68.5 percent of the votes, with Pope receiving a total of 31.5 percent.
In the race for governor, Inyo County voters gave 49.46 percent of the voters, or 2,626 total votes to Republican candidate Whitman. The runnerup in the race for governor was Brown with 2,279, or 43.29 percent of the votes.
Statewide, residents voted Brown into office with 53.8 percent of the votes going his way and 41.2 percent of the votes going to Whitman.
In the race for U.S. Senate, local voters favored Republican Carley Fiorina with 2,992 or 56.30 percent of the vote going her way and 1,790 or 33.68 percent of the votes going to Democratic incumbent Barbara Boxer.
Statewide, Boxer was elected, receiving 52 percent of the votes. Fiorina was the runnerup with 42.6 percent of the votes.
On statewide propositions, Inyo County voters seemed to be on par with the rest of the state.
Prop 19, the marijuana legalization initiative, was shot down across California with a total of 46.2 Yes votes and 53.8 No votes. Locally, 44.14 percent of the voters voted yes and 55.86 percent voted no.
Voters also defeated Prop 23, which would have suspended air pollution control laws until the state unemployment rate drops below 5.5 percent. Statewide, 38.7 percent of the voters voted yes and 61.3 percent voted no. In Inyo County, 46.63 percent of the voters approved Prop 23 and 53.37 percent voted no.
Voters approved Prop 25, which means that legislators need only a simple majority, rather than a two-thirds majority, to approve a budget. Statewide, 54.9 percent of the votes were in favor of the proposition and 45.1 percent were against. Inyo County voters cast ballots against Prop 25, with 54.31 percent saying no and 47.69 percent of voters saying yes.
Prop 26, which requires a two-thirds vote to approve certain local fees and tax measures, was approved with 52.7 percent of statewide voters casting ballots in favor of the proposition and 47.1 percent against. Inyo County voters approved the measure with 59.57 percent of the votes coming in favor and 40.43 percent against.
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