ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Albuquerque voters narrowly rejected a proposal Tuesday that would have required employers to provide paid sick leave to workers, according to unofficial election returns.
Balloting in favor and against the ordinance was almost evenly split — 50 percent each — but opponents cast about 700 more ballots, out of roughly 91,000 altogether.
Opponents said the results demonstrated the value of their aggressive campaign. Polling showed growing opposition in the final weeks before Election Day.
“This was a local grass-roots campaign with the business community in this city,” said Gerges Scott, a spokesman for the Albuquerque Coalition for a Healthy Economy, which opposed the ordinance. “I’m very proud of all the people who worked hard to educate the voters about this harmful ordinance.”