Our View: 92 backers should move on
Backers of Ballot Measure 92 deserve credit for a tremendous showing against formidable odds. Now it's time to prepare to take the loss and regroup for future campaigns, not drag out the misery in a misguided effort to find enough votes to change the outcome.
The measure to require labeling of foods containing genetically modified organisms in Oregon faced fierce opposition from food and agriculture corporations, which poured more than $20 million into the general election campaign. Supporters raised $9 million, but were greatly outspent.
Still, backers nearly pulled off an upset. The final tally was close enough to qualify for an automatic recount. That is set to end Friday, and it appears unlikely to change the outcome.
Measure 92 still trails by a little more than 800 votes out of more than 1.5 million cast. That hasn't deterred supporters, who filed a lawsuit Monday demanding the counting of 4,600 ballots rejected because the signature on the envelope did not match the signature on file.
Measure 92 supporters say those voters are being disenfranchised. They say the law does not require that signatures match, only that elections officials must be sure no fraud was committed.
Voters whose signatures did not match were notified and given two weeks to resolve the discrepancy. The fact that 4,600 voters didn't is unfortunate, but it's their failing, not the failing of the state elections division.
Labeling supporters can be justifiably proud of their campaign, even it it came up short in the end. They should accept defeat and move on.