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CD10: Sept. 1 election nuts and bolts

By Lisa Vorderbrueggen
Monday, August 24th, 2009 at 2:18 pm in 2009 CD10 special election.

The Contra County elections office put out this important notice about the Sept. 1 special election:

All polling places for the September 1, 2009 10th Congressional Special Primary Election will open at 7:00 a.m. and close at 8:00 p.m.  Voters are encouraged to pre-mark their choices in their sample ballot and to take it with them to use as a reference when going to the polls.  To avoid lines, voters are advised to vote mid-morning or mid-afternoon.

Polling place locations and directional maps are available on the Contra Costa County Election’s Office web site at:  www.cocovote.us.  Information regarding the voter’s sample ballot and information about candidates is also available at www.cocovote.us.

City Clerks have volunteered to assist voters who may need the location of their polling place.  They will be available for assistance on Monday, August 31 and Tuesday, Election Day, September 1.  If voters are unsure of where they need to go to vote, they may contact any of the following agencies until the polls close at 8:00 p.m.  Some cities will be available for abbreviated time periods as stated below.

County Elections Office                                    (925) 335-7800

City of Antioch                                     (925) 779-7009

City of Brentwood                                            (925) 516-5400

City of Clayton                                     (925) 673-7300

City of Concord                                               (925) 671-3430

Town of Danville                                              (925) 314-3401

City of El Cerrito                                              (510) 215-4305     8/31 8 a.m. – 4 p.m., 9/1 8 a.m. – 6 p.m.

City of Lafayette                                               (925) 284-1968

Town of Moraga                                              (925) 888-7022

City of Oakley                                                  (925) 625-7000     8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. both days

City of Orinda                                                  (925) 253-4221     8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. both days

City of Pittsburg                                                (925) 252-4850

City of Pleasant Hill                                          (925) 671-5270

City of Richmond                                              (510) 620-6513

City of San Ramon                                           (925) 973-2539

City of Walnut Creek                                        (925) 943-5818

Local election results will be available election night beginning at 8:00 p.m. on the Contra Costa County Elections Office web site at www.cocovote.us and on Contra Costa Television (CCTV) beginning at 9:00 p.m. on Comcast channel 27, Astound channel 32 and AT&T U-Verse channel 99.  District wide results will be available on the Secretary of State’s website at http://vote.ss.ca.gov.

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  • bernie quigley

    what a waste of county money. everyone who is interested has voted by mail. some, maybe most, of these polling places will get only a handful of voters. It’s time to go all-mail. Oregon has done it for years.

  • Marie

    Agreed. Maybe some of the $$ saved by not having polling places could be used to provide free postage on ballots.

  • Rich

    Garamendi is not going to be able to vote in this election. You have to live in the district and be a registered voter in the district, which counts out Garamendi. He will be voting, I assume, in the Central Valley, which has been his longtime voting precinct. Where in the central valley, I am not sure. The Times reported Garamendi lives in a place called Walnut Grove, but another Times reporter listed Elk Grove as his hometown. Garamendi has such weak ties to CD 10 even the Times reporter are vauge about where he lives.
    So which part of the central valley Garamendi lives in, is unclear, at least to me. Also, Garamendi could vote in Calaveras county, which is the place where he spends a lot of time riding his horses, when he isn’t campaigning in LA for Governor (four failed campaigns for Governor by Garamendi). I myself am voting for State Senator DeSaulnier, he’s a 30 year resident of our county, a fighter for working famlies, and he will not be an absentee Congressman, like Garamendi will be, if he were to be elected. We don’t need a Congressman who rides horses in Calaveras county most of the time, or spends all his time running for Governor in LA. We need a guy that will be there for his constituents here in our county, and Mark DeSaulnier is that kind of politician. He has served us well as a Mayor, a Supervisor, an Assemblyman and a as a State Senator. Go Mark!

  • Allen Payton

    Rich,
    Or you can be registered to vote where you work. But, Garamendi works in Sacramento, so that doesn’t work for him, either.

  • Arne Simonsen

    I appears as if Rich and Allen want to change the US Constitution.

    Read it guys – a candidate for Congress only needs to live in the State; not the district.

  • Tom K

    Arne is correct as is usually the case. Allen, where did you get the idea that you can register where you work?

    Also, on the carpetbagger issue, who cares? Is this remotely as important as the state budget, health care, the wars in the middle east or our economy?

  • Allen Payton

    Arne, I’m well aware it’s not a Constitutional or legal requirement for a candidate for Congress to live in the district in which they’re running. There are legal requirements, then there are expectations and assumptions. The voting public expects and assumes the candidate lives in and knows the district they want to represent.
    Here’s a perfect example: had Garamendi and his people knew our district, they would have never used the photo of him with you and Kay Power – both Republicans not supporting him, one of them (you) being a recent elected official – in his materials.

  • Allen Payton

    As for registering where you work, I was told about that years ago. That’s wrong. I looked up on the Sec’ty of State’s website. Here’s what it states:
    “Your voter registration should always reflect your current residence. However, if you have moved from your home into a temporary residence that you do not intend to use as your permanent residence, you can continue to use your prior permanent residence where you were previously registered to vote as your address for the purpose of voting.”