The final vote tally, released Sunday by the Los Angeles County Registrar, showed 66.1 percent of voters in favor of Measure J and 33.9 percent against the measure. It was about 14,000 votes behind the two-thirds approval needed to pass, according to the Metropolitan Transportation Authority's blog The Source:
... turnout was less in 2012 than in 2008 when Measure R was approved with 67.9 percent of the vote. In 2008, a total of 3,001,783 votes were cast in the Measure R election. The final numbers this year show that 2,863,951 votes were cast for or against Measure J.
Measure J would have extended the Measure R sales tax—the half-cent sales tax hike voters approved in 2008—for the next 30 years.
The sales tax increase is currently set to last until 2039, and is projected to raise $40 billion in that time period. Approval of Measure J would have extended the tax until 2069.
Metro responded to the final tally Monday morning, saying it's possible the agency might ask voters in the future to extend Measure R:
In the final vote tally, 66.11 percent of voters, nearly two million Los Angeles County residents, expressed confidence in Metro and the Measure R program. Progress will continue as Metro remains focused on delivering a dozen new transit projects and 15 highway improvement projects that voters approved four years ago in passing Measure R.
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