The county has approved a moratorium against GMO cultivation based on 22,647 votes representing 50% of the total count. A mere 840 votes separated the two sides after the third printout, which included all 34 precincts in Maui County.
The initiative will place a moratorium on the cultivation of GMO materials on Maui, Molokai and Lanai until they were cleared by environmental and safety studies. The initiative also calls for the establishment of criminal and civil penalties to be adopted and established for the County of Maui.
The prevailing tallied voter results from all 34 precincts include the following:
MAUI: Voter Initiative: Genetically Engineered Organisms – 34 out of 34 precincts reporting
YES: 22,647 50%
NO: 21,807 48.1%
Blank: 857 1.9%
Over: 23 0.1%