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Unofficial results indicate voters oppose a ballot measure that aims to relax Boulder’s occupancy limits.

According to the third round of results, posted about 12:45 a.m. Wednesday, about 58% of those who voted opposed the Bedrooms Are For People initiative, while nearly 42% supported it.

Specifically, the Bedrooms Are For People ballot measure asks if voters want to expand housing access to allow all housing units to be occupied by a number of people equal to the number of legal bedrooms, plus one additional person per home, provided relevant health and safety codes are met.

Currently, in most areas of Boulder, no more than three unrelated people are allowed to live together.

Proponents of the measure have been working to get it on the ballot since 2020, when city officials provided incorrect information about filing and signature requirements that prevented the measure from making last year’s ballot. Campaign organizers sued the city, but a 20th Judicial District Court judge later ruled against the campaign.

They view the measure as one that would legalize what many already are doing due to the lack of affordable housing in Boulder.

For campaign co-chair Eric Budd, it’s still early to tell. Budd said the campaign expected that early votes would be less favorable and said those supporting the measure were more likely to vote later or in person.

When reached Tuesday night after the second round of results was posted, Budd said there is still a lot left unknown.

“I can’t make any predictions at this point, but the real thing is we don’t really know enough about where we stand,” he said.

Opponents, including those in the group No on Bedrooms$, worry the ballot measure, if successful, could lead to higher housing prices if investors purchase and replace single-family homes into dormitories. This, in turn, would impact noise and traffic in many of Boulder’s neighborhoods, opponents said.

Further, they have expressed concerns about the language of the ballot measure and have questions about whether City Council could easily make changes to the language if the measure is approved.

Boulder’s charter requires two-thirds of the City Council to approve changes, and it states that changes cannot “alter or modify” the basic intent of the measure.

The campaign organizers have said they’re open to working with the Council to make any changes, particularly if complications arise after the measure takes effect, but opponents argue it might not be that simple.

“If we defeat 300, we look forward to working with the new City Council to create greater access to affordable housing while protecting our residential neighborhoods,” opposition group member Lisa Spalding said in a statement. “We are also determined to ensure free and fair elections going forward.”

By the third update, 19,281 votes had been tallied. The Boulder County Clerk & Recorder’s Office will continue counting ballots on Wednesday. An update is expected by the evening.