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Tigard voters closely split over whether to authorize their city government to support plans to bring MAX light rail to Tigard.
When the first election returns started coming in at 8 p.m. Tuesday, it was clear Measure 34-255 was a dogfight — “yes” led by just a 619-vote margin. As more ballots were tallied Tuesday night and Wednesday morning, that margin has shrunk to just 119 votes out of 22,357 counted so far.
Oregon law requires an automatic recount if the margin separating “yes” from “no” on a measure is equal to or less than one-fifth of 1 percent of the total votes cast in the race. That puts Measure 34-255 outside of automatic recount range for now, but it’s close. “Yes” has 50.3 percent support as of Wednesday morning — 50.266 percent, to be more precise.