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Modesto measures pass easily

Modesto voters on Election Day swept in major changes to the way City Hall does business.

They ushered in two government reform measures, one of them setting Modesto on course to adopt district elections for City Council races in 2009. Measure N was passed with more than 71 percent of the vote late Tuesday.

Voters also supported Measure M, a package of revisions to Modesto’s charter that collectively gives the council more authority over the city’s management. It passed with 78 percent of the vote at 10 p.m.

Each needed 50 percent plus one vote to pass. The tallies came with 86 percent of the vote counted.

“People wanted change and accountability and they voted for it,” said Sandy Lucas, who helped write the measures last year as a member of the city’s Charter Review Committee.