LONG BEACH - A measure to align Long Beach elections with statewide contests failed, according to unofficial election results early Wednesday.
According to the Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk's Office, 54.96 percent of voters said no to Measure O, with 100 percent of precincts reporting.
Measure O would shift election dates for the positions of mayor, City Council, city attorney, city prosecutor and city auditor from an April primary and June runoff schedule to the state's election schedule of a June primary and November runoff.
Long Beach Unified School District Board of Education and Long Beach Community College Board of Trustee elections would not move because Measure O cannot include them.
If Measure O is approved, Long Beach voters would vote in three local elections in even-numbered years.
Supporters say approval of Measure O would increase voter participation and reduce the number and cost of elections if the LBUSD and LBCC follow suit.
Opponents argue the measure will add $1.2 million in costs while the city is struggling financially and will pair local elections with partisan, lengthier elections.
Councilman James Johnson, who fought Measure O, called the outcome a "great victory" for the city.
"Long Beach residents believe our money should go to critical services like police, fire and parks," Johnson said early Wednesday.
"I'm happy to have the debate about consolidating elections and saving money," he continued, "but (Measure O) didn't do those things."