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California Votes Show Lukewarm Support for Firefighting Taxes

April 28, 2020, 11:58 PM

Californians this spring were tepid in their support for paying higher taxes, including those aimed at preparing for future wildfire outbreaks, according to coronavirus-delayed reporting of voting results.

Most ballots in the 17 counties that put fire-preparation questions to voters are cast by mail. Ballots postmarked midnight March 3 had to reach election officials within three days. Under normal circumstances, final results would have been required to be reported to the state by April 3. The Covid-19 pandemic, however, led Gov. Gavin Newsom to issue an executive order delaying by three weeks the deadline for counties to report results ...

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