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Oregon Counties Begin Counting Ballots By Hand In Measure 92 Recount

Lindsay Eyink

It may be Christmas before Oregonians know the outcome of a controversial ballot measure to label genetically-modified foods. The margin of defeat for Measure 92 shrank to 800 votes, triggering an automatic recount.

Sandeep Kaushik is spokesman for the Oregon Right to Know Coalition, a group that supports Measure 92. He says counties will be checking all ballots by hand.

Kaushik: "It’s happened in the past that when you do recounts like this, sometimes ballots will be discovered that weren’t counted the first time around and just got missed. Lots of different things can happen as part of a recount that could add up to changing the outcome of this election."

Political pundits called the race early as a victory for labeling opponents, who outspent backers of Measure 92 by $12-million. Most of the money came from out-of-state agribusiness and food companies.

One of the points made by opponents is that GMO labeling should be legislated by Congress, not individual states.

Angela Kellner is the KLCC host of All Things Considered and a reporter. Angela began as a KLCC volunteer in 1991 when she was in high school. While a student at Lane Community College, she was hired in 1993 for a work-study position in the KLCC Music Department and has been with the station in some role since then. Angela hosted KLCC's world music program Tropical Beat for 11 years from 1994 to 2005 and continues to fill in on a monthly basis.
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