Tuesday, 7 June 2016
10 big things to know about Tuesday's California primary
UPDATE: Editorial and Opinion Director Matt Hall discusses early precinct results for California's primary, including local contests:
Ready or not, California's 2016 primary election day is here.
Within the span of a few hours we will see the results of months and months of campaigning done by local, state and national figures, as well as a number of local measures involving infrastructure, the minimum wage and other issues. Overwhelmed? Burned out? Worry not—we have put together a list of 10 things you need to know about this election to help you exercise your democratic right to vote.
1. What time do polling places open/close?
Open: 7 a.m. (Pacific Time)
Close: 8 p.m.
Plan your day accordingly. Note: If you are dropping off a vote-by-mail ballot on election day, you may do so before polls close at 8 p.m.
2. Not sure where to vote?
If you missed the polling notice by mail, you can check where your polling place is located by going tothis website and entering your address number, date of birth and zip code.
3. Preview your ballot (in San Diego County)
If you're voting in San Diego County, you can visit this page to get a preview of your ballot. And here's how to get it delivered to your email. Other counties go here.
4. How are vote-by-mail ballots counted?
San Diego County registrar's office says it expects some 100,000 to 130,000 mail ballots on June 7. Just exactly how those many ballots will be counted in a single night? Robots, of course! Here's a cool video of how it's done in San Diego County.
5. What's the golden hour to watch poll results?
Mailed ballots will likely be counted first within minutes of polls closing at 8 p.m. And while those votes "will probably account for 25 to 30 percent of the total vote count," the bulk of the vote count will probably come around 11 p.m., according to the county's communications office.
6. ALL the candidates, ALL the measures
If you're voting in San Diego County, here's a comprehensive list of all the candidates and measures to vote for. All other counties in California are here.
7. Why is June 7 called 'Super Tuesday'?
California is one of six states running a Democratic primary.
8. There are 37 U.S. Senator candidates in California
We don't blame you for feeling overwhelmed by the number of candidates on the ballot on Tuesday. If you still don't know where each U.S. Senate candidate stands, you can check them out here.
9. Who are the endorsed candidates/measures in San Diego County?
The San Diego Union-Tribune editorial board has endorsed a number of candidates and issues on the ballot on Tuesday. Here's how the editorial board endorsed them:
City Council District 1: Barbara Bry
City Council District 3: Chris Ward
City Council District 5: Mark Kersey
City Council District 7: Scott Sherman
City Council District 9: Sarah Saez
City Attorney: Gil Cabrera
Mayor: Kevin Faulconer
County Supervisor: Kristin Gaspar
Democratic presidential nominee: Hillary Clinton
Republican presidential nominee: Ronald Reagan (write-in)
Measures A through G: Vote Yes
Proposition H: Vote Yes
Proposition I: Vote No
Note: Don't see an endorsement for all candidates? The editorial board explained its endorsement process here.
10. Your vote matters
Tweet us your "I Voted" stickers at @sdutIdeas. We may share them in a post or at least retweet them so everyone can appreciate the fact that you value democracy and took it seriously enough to vote. Always remember: if you vote, your complaints carry more weight than if you don't.