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Cupertino Voters Stay True to Their Purple Reputation

Neighboring Saratogans voted against Prop 30, in favor of Prop 31, against Prop 37, and against Measure A. Those votes were contrary to how the rest of the cities in our area cast their ballots.

It's probably fair to call the voters of Saratoga contrarians. While much of the rest of Silicon Valley was approving Jerry Brown's Prop 30 to raise money for schools, Saratogans voted against the measure. Staying true to its purple blend of blue and red views, Cupertinians were fairly measured in their turnout on measures and candidates.

Percentage-wise, 16 percent in Cupertino voted for Mitt Romney, while 39 percent voted for Barack Obama.

Cupertino voted a percentage point against the Prop 31, the State Budget measure, while the Saratoga voted for it.

Silicon Valley cities were split on Prop 37, the measure to label genetically-altered food. Cupertino said yes.

And Saratoga and Los Altos were the only cities in the Valley to vote against Measure A, the county sales tax.

What follows are numbers crunched from the Santa Clara County Registrar of Voter's website for six Silicon Valley cities from Tuesday night's election.

The percentages indicate the number of registered voters who cast their ballots for each unique race or measure. As an example, of the 28,060 registered voters in Cupertino, 39 percent cast their ballot for Barack Obama, 16 percent for Mitt Romney.

 

Voter Turnout

City Registered Voters Ballots Cast Voter Turnout Campbell 25218 14711 58% Cupertino 28060 16126 57% Los Altos 27711 17507 63% Los Gatos 24499 15213 62% Mountain View 31854 19115 60% Saratoga 20437 12098 59%

President and Vice President

City Registered Voters Obama Romney Campbell 25218 39% 17% Cupertino 28060 39% 16% Los Altos 27711 39% 22% Los Gatos 24499 38% 22% Mountain View 31854 45% 12% Saratoga 20437 34% 23%

U.S. Senator

City Registered Voters Feinstein Emken Campbell 25218 38% 17% Cupertino 28060 40% 15% Los Altos 27711 41% 19% Los Gatos 24499 39% 21% Mountain View 31854 45% 12% Saratoga 20437 36% 21%

Prop 30 - Temporary Education Tax

City Registered Voters Yes No Campbell 25218 34% 22% Cupertino 28060 32% 23% Los Altos 27711 32% 29% Los Gatos 24499 33% 26% Mountain View 31854 38% 19% Saratoga 20437 28% 29%

Prop 31 - State Budget

City Registered Voters Yes No Campbell 25218 22% 30% Cupertino 28060 25% 26% Los Altos 27711 26% 30% Los Gatos 24499 26% 29% Mountain View 31854 21% 32% Saratoga 20437 27% 26%

Prop 32 - Payroll Political Contributions

City Registered Voters Yes No Campbell 25218 22% 34% Cupertino 28060 23% 31% Los Altos 27711 27% 33% Los Gatos 24499 25% 33% Mountain View 31854 19% 38% Saratoga 20437 27% 28%

Prop 33 - Auto Insurance

City Registered Voters Yes No Campbell 25218 21% 33% Cupertino 28060 22% 31% Los Altos 27711 24% 35% Los Gatos 24499 23% 35% Mountain View 31854 19% 37% Saratoga 20437 23% 32%

Prop 34 - Repeal Death Penalty

City Registered Voters Yes No Campbell 25218 29% 26% Cupertino 28060 29% 25% Los Altos 27711 35% 25% Los Gatos 24499 33% 26% Mountain View 31854 36% 20% Saratoga 20437 29% 27%

Prop 35 - Human Trafficking

City Registered Voters Yes No Campbell 25218 46% 10% Cupertino 28060 45% 9% Los Altos 27711 48% 11% Los Gatos 24499 49% 10% Mountain View 31854 43% 13% Saratoga 20437 46% 9%

Prop 36 - Three Strikes Law

City Registered Voters Yes No Campbell 25218 42% 13% Cupertino 28060 41% 13% Los Altos 27711 46% 14% Los Gatos 24499 45% 14% Mountain View 31854 45% 11% Saratoga 20437 42% 14%

Prop 37 - Genetically Engineered Foods

City Registered Voters Yes No Campbell 25218 28% 28% Cupertino 28060 30% 25% Los Altos 27711 26% 34% Los Gatos 24499 28% 32% Mountain View 31854 31% 27% Saratoga 20437 26% 31%

Prop 38 - Education Tax

City Registered Voters Yes No Campbell 25218 15% 39% Cupertino 28060 14% 41% Los Altos 27711 13% 47% Los Gatos 24499 14% 45% Mountain View 31854 17% 39% Saratoga 20437 12% 45%

Prop 39 - Multistate Business Tax

City Registered Voters Yes No Campbell 25218 37% 16% Cupertino 28060 37% 16% Los Altos 27711 37% 21% Los Gatos 24499 37% 21% Mountain View 31854 40% 15% Saratoga 20437 35% 20%

Prop 40 - Redistricting

City Registered Voters Yes No Campbell 25218 39% 12% Cupertino 28060 40% 10% Los Altos 27711 46% 10% Los Gatos 24499 43% 12% Mountain View 31854 43% 10% Saratoga 20437 41% 11%

Measure A - County Sales Tax

City Registered Voters Yes No Campbell 25218 30% 24% Cupertino 28060 27% 26% Los Altos 27711 28% 30% Los Gatos 24499 30% 28% Mountain View 31854 32% 22% Saratoga 20437 25% 30%

Measure B - SC Valley Water District - Special Tax

City Registered Voters Yes No Campbell 25218 38% 15% Cupertino 28060 36% 15% Los Altos 27711 37% 20% Los Gatos 24499 38% 18% Mountain View 31854 42% 12% Saratoga 20437 34% 19%

Measure M - El Camino Hospital Dist. Compensation

City Registered Voters Yes No Campbell n/a n/a n/a Cupertino 1238* 24% 26% Los Altos 27711 24% 31% Los Gatos n/a n/a n/a Mountain View 31854 27% 23% Saratoga n/a n/a n/a *only a portion of Cupertino
Mark Burns November 10, 2012 at 11:35 PM
59% median voter turnout. Altogether. Even in 2008, 62% of Californians voted by mail. That just demonstrates how much faith and enthusiasm the local electorate has with our current candidates and ballot measures. There is a sense of inevitability, boredom, and apathy in Silicon Valley. You can call it denial. And it doesn't help that business is good, unemployment is declining, and housing prices are increasing. Either the rest of the country will catch up or something else is coming along that we are just going to ignore until it just goes away.
Moishe Pipik November 11, 2012 at 09:36 PM
Bob M. That's exactly what will happen! All the PRODUCTIVE people who actually ADD to the economy will leave. God help you.
Moishe Pipik November 11, 2012 at 09:38 PM
What kind of an evil person are you? I don't care if you send your kids to private schools or not. Prop 30 was PURE EVIL because 51% of people goose-stepped to the ballot box to tax 2% of the people. If we ALL paid for the schools I'd feel better. But this is just thuggery.
Susan November 12, 2012 at 01:53 AM
Wow! That's news to me that I have children in private schools. I guess I forgot to pick them up on Friday because I haven't seen them all weekend. And I still have empathy -- or perhaps it's just a lack of understanding -- for hard working professionals who send their children to private schools while also paying for public schools. In fact, Moishe, I have more empathy for them than I do for the people who move here solely to put their children through our public school system. They vote in their own best interests, which is in favor of every school parcel tax that comes along, before moving away after their children graduate. I'm just evil that way.
Bob M November 12, 2012 at 02:32 AM
@Moishe, it is not I that needs divine help. I have lived in Cupertino for 40 years, sent my children thru the school system, paid my share of all of the taxes to help maintain the schools in excellent condition for my children and future generations, so that you can move in and complain about having to support them for your kids. If you find yourself in that top 2% and are not willing or able to support a .25% increase in sales tax for 7 years with some additional taxes from the top wage earners then you are the one that needs that divine assistance. You want, but are not willing to step up and carry your part of the load. And, you had better brace yourself, for as long as you live in this State your taxes will continue to rise.

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