Oregon GMO Labeling Defeat to Get Recount

By Dave Fusaro, Editor in Chief

Nov 25, 2014

The Nov. 4 ballot initiative in Oregon to require the labeling of foods with genetically engineered (GMO) ingredients was so close there apparently will be a recount.

The morning after the election, ballot initiative No. 92 appeared to fail by about 2 percentage points, as we reported earlier. Three weeks later, with all precincts reporting, it trailed by 0.06 percent: 753,473 votes (50.03 percent) against labeling and 752,664 (49.97 percent) in favor. That's just 809 votes.

Under Oregon law, any election decided by less than a 0.2 percent margin automatically triggers a recount.

Several Oregon media reported the secretary of state's office said it would likely begin the recount the first week in December. We'll report on it as soon as we hear the results.

Colorado voters defeated a labeling initiative this Nov. 4 by a two-to-one margin. Similar propositions lost in Washington in 2013 and California in 2012.