BERKELEY, Calif.—Supporters of a Berkeley measure that would ban sitting and lying on streets and sidewalks are not ready to concede defeat.

According to the Alameda County Registrar of Voters, Measure S was trailing as of Thursday morning 51.4 percent to 48.6 percent. Officials, however, were still going through provisional and vote-by-mail ballots from across the county.

John Caner, a lead organizer of the "Yes on S" campaign, told the Oakland Tribune ( that thousands of votes remained to be counted.

Measure S was trailing by about a thousand votes.

It would make it a crime to sit or lie on sidewalks from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. in commercial areas of Berkeley.

Supporters say it would help businesses whose storefronts are often blocked by groups camping out.

Opponents characterize the proposal as Draconian.


Information from: The Oakland Tribune,