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Outcome of SF ride-hailing tax rests in uncounted mail-in ballots

A ballot measure in Tuesday’s election that would impose a tax on ride-hailing service trips in San Francisco is too close to call as of the latest updates from The City’s elections department early Wednesday.

Proposition D, which would impose a 3.25 percent tax on rides from companies like Lyft and Uber, or a 1.5 percent rate for shared rides, had 66.666562653 percent support, according to the final election night results.

With 74,765 “yes” votes out of 112,165 total, just 12 votes cast in favor of Proposition D instead of against — or, 35 additional election night “yes” votes — would have pushed the election night total over the two-thirds threshold required for passage of tax measures in San Francisco.

Either way, the outcome of Proposition D will depend upon an unknown number of mail-in votes yet to be counted. The next official update is expected at 4 p.m. Wednesday.

Preliminary results also indicate that Proposition A passed with more than 69 percent yes votes. Prop A is a $600 million bond that would fund the construction, development, acquisition and repair of affordable housing, as well as authorize landlords to pass through 50 percent of resulting property tax increase to tenants. It too needed two-thirds approval.

More than 76 percent approved Proposition B, a charter amendment to change the name of the city’s Department of Aging and Adult Services to the Department of Disability and Aging Services. It also changes the department’s commission name accordingly and establishes new qualifications for three of the commission seats. The measure needed only a simple majority.

Proposition E, which allows for the construction of affordable housing and affordable teacher housing in public zoning districts, reducing restrictions for those projects and expediting reviews, also appears to have passed with over 74 percent of the vote, well above the majority vote needed.

Proposition F, which establishes new restrictions on campaign contributions and new disclaimer requirements, appears to have passed by more than 76 percent of voters. The proposition needed majority approval to pass.

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