Measure H increased its lead on Thursday after election results were updated on short notice.
The Pasadena rent control measure now leads 13,357 to 12,996 and has captured 50.68% of votes counted.
“There’s going to be another drop tomorrow,” said organizer Ryan Bell on Thursday evening. “We’re not election experts. Let’s just wait.”
The next update is scheduled for Friday between 4 to 5 p.m., according to a schedule published by Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk Dean C. Logan.
Measure H would amend the city’s Charter to cap annual rent increases at 2 to 3%.
Landlords would only be allowed to evict tenants for just causes, like failure to pay rent.
According to supporters, the charter amendment would stabilize rents by limiting increases to 75% of the annual increase in the Consumer Price Index and limiting increases to once a year. A housing board would also be established to implement the regulations.
The full schedule of post-Election Night result updates can be viewed on the Canvass Update Schedule. The schedule is subject to additions based on the continuing receipt of and processing of valid ballots cast in the election.