Preliminary vote count wraps up; results unchanged
With nearly all of the more than 60,000 ballots cast in Jackson County's May 20 primary election counted, preliminary results held up overnight.
A majority of voters want to ban genetically modified crops. Voters were also in favor of tax districts that would fund Jackson County libraries and Southern Oregon Research & Extension Center.
Measure 15-119, intended to ban GMOs in the county, has received 39,489 "yes" votes, or 66 percent of the total vote. It received 20,432 "no" votes.
Measure 15-121, intended to create a service district that would fund the Extension, had received 43,764 "yes" votes, or 75 percent of the total counted, and 14,810 "no" votes.
Approval of library funding measure 15-122 led, but with a slimmer margin. Results show it has received 31,653 "yes" votes, or 54 percent of the total, with 27,279 votes against.
Ashland police's deputy chief Corey Falls was still in first place in the Jackson County Sheriff's race, so he will square off against incumbent Sheriff Mike Winters, who remained second place in vote totals. Falls had received 24,821 votes, or 46 percent of the total, with Winters clinching 16,271, or about 30 percent. Sheriff's Lt. Bob Sergi finished with 13,023 votes.
Colleen Roberts got 10,199 votes, or 53 percent of the total cast for Jackson County Commissioner Position 3, with Joel Ockunzzi trailing with 8,920. Running for Position 3, Rick Dyer has secured 15,112 votes, close to 89 percent of all votes, while Henry Marlowe Jr. had received 1,809 votes.
Voter turnout in the election neared 52 percent, election officials said.
— Ryan Pfeil