LIVERMORE -- With all precincts reporting, Measure W got an easy win from Livermore voters.
Measure W captured 77.15 percent of the vote. It will switch the election cycle for city offices from an odd-year to an even-year format, aligning the city with the majority of Alameda County elections.
Although it won in the Tuesday election, the fate of Measure X is still too close to call.
It took 53.43 percent of the vote Tuesday, but Alameda County's registrar of voters estimates that 25 percent of ballots countywide remain to be counted -- mail-in and provisional ballots.
Measure X would allow for two more odd-year elections, in 2013 and 2015, to implement the switch to even-year elections.
Proponents of Measure W said the switch to an even-year format would save the city an estimated $250,000 per election cycle. The measure calls for an additional year to be added to each council member's term.
Voters were asked if they favor the switch would they also be in favor of an immediate implementation, giving the council members an additional year, or if they would like to extend the change over the next several years. The cost of two more odd-year election cycles would cost the city roughly $750,000.
In 1982, Livermore voters approved Measure A that switched the city's even-year April elections to a November odd-year in order to share election costs with the school district and lower the city's $15,000 to $20,000 cost per election by half.
The initiative won by a 3-to-1 margin, with 4,434 voting yes and 1,439 voting against it.
If voters approve Measure W, it would allow Livermore to share the cost of elections with other cities and agencies and bring down the cost from the current $6 per registered voter to $1 per registered voter.
The switch is also expected to help boost voter turnout. Livermore, Emeryville, Newark and the Newark school district are the only jurisdictions in Alameda County that now hold odd-year municipal elections.
Supporters of Measure W have said that the switch is solely intended to save the city money and pointed to the Voter Information Guide and the fact that no arguments against the measure were submitted.
Correspondent Robert Jordan also contributed to this story. Contact Jeremy Thomas at email@example.com.