By PE Politics
on November 12, 2010 11:39 AM

Riverside County’s fight over two competing pension measures might be far from over — even though voters on Nov. 2 already weighed in.

Both Measure M and Measure L received majority votes in this month’s election and according to state law the one with the most total votes takes precedence.

As of Friday, Measure M, backed by a majority of the Board of Supervisors, had 249,638 yes votes. Measure L, with support from the Riverside Sheriff’s Association, had 217,648 votes.

The county still had about 28,800 provisional ballots to count, not enough votes for Measure L to catch up, meaning Measure M would be the winner and would take effect 10 days after the county certifies the election results.

Oh if it were so easy.

Measure M and Measure L both contain sections governing conflicts and the language is nearly identical.

But Measure L contains an additional provision just in case Measure M received more votes. In that event, “this ordinance shall be deemed complementary to the competing measure,” it states.

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