It’s Election Day – get out there and vote, if you haven’t already!

California’s polls are open today from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.

If you haven’t put your vote-by-mail ballot in the mail yet, DON’T – it won’t be counted unless it reaches the registrar’s office by 8 p.m. tonight, and postmarks don’t matter. You can drop it off by hand at any polling place in your county, or at the registrar’s office; don’t forget to sign the outside of the envelope.

If you have any questions about your ballot, your polling place or anything else having to do with this election, contact your county registrar:

Alameda County, www.acgov.org/rov, 510-267-8683
Contra Costa County, www.cocovote.us, 925-335-7800
Marin County, www.marinvotes.org, 415-473-6456
Monterey County, www.montereycountyelections.us, 831-796-1499
Napa County, www.countyofnapa.org/Elections, 707-253-4321
San Francisco, www.sfgov2.org/index.aspx?page=599, 415-554-4375
San Joaquin County, www.sjcrov.org, 209-468-2885
San Mateo County, www.shapethefuture.org, 650-312-5222
Santa Clara County, www.sccvote.org, 408-299-8683
Santa Cruz County, www.votescount.com, 831-454-2060
Solano County, www.solanocounty.com/depts/rov, 707-784-6675
Sonoma County, vote.sonoma-county.org, 707-565-6800

To report election fraud, call the California Secretary of State Office‘s voter hotline: 800-345-8683

Josh Richman

Josh Richman covers state and national politics for the Bay Area News Group. A New York City native, he earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Missouri and reported for the Express-Times of Easton, Pa. for five years before coming to the Oakland Tribune and ANG Newspapers in 1997. He is a frequent guest on KQED Channel 9’s “This Week in Northern California;” a proud father; an Eagle Scout; a somewhat skilled player of low-stakes poker; a rather good cook; a firm believer in the use of semicolons; and an unabashed political junkie who will never, EVER seek elected office.

  • Cindy Corrello Hilke

    Already have my friend, already have!! But as we always say in my hometown of Chicago “vote early and vote often – even if you are dead!!!”

  • GV Haste

    Yeah, and if you live in Hayward, Union City, or Newark, be sure to go out and vote to put a HALT to the career of that “convicted shoplifter” Mary Hayashi.

    If she wins, I’m turing in my voting card, as the voters will have proven they’ve lost their minds.

    I mean, have we really sunk so low as to elect a person who was convicted only months ago and who is currently on 2.5 years probation for her crime?

    At some level one has to draw the line, EVEN if a candidate is right on certain issues.

    Hayashi was arrested for felony grand theft. The plea deal does not eliminate the original crime.
    She drives to San Francisco, with the hidden Neiman Marcus shopping bag in her possession, then goes into the store, and uses that same bag to conceal the clothing. Proves planning and intent.
    That is why Mary did not dare go to trial.

    She is a sick woman. But still she goes out and tells and re-tells a false story. Lies.

    Will she get away with it? who knows, but if she does, then a huge part of the blame goes to party insiders who have wimped out for the last 12 months in saying almost NOTHING bad about Mary.

    Wimped out. Shameful lack of willingness to say anything bad about a office holder.
    Too frightened to “upset” Mary.

    Hopefully the voters have some memory of the real facts.

  • John W

    Perhaps the voters just admire her good taste in clothing and her resourcefulness in obtaining it at low cost. I mean, isn’t that what we want in our supervisors — people who will control costs?

  • Steve Weir

    As of 1 pm, I have the following turn out at three Concord Polls: #136, 23.2%; #153, 22.2%; 154, 25.5%.

    As of today’s mail, we have received back just under 60%.

    Your vote matters, go vote.

  • John W

    For Steve Weir:

    Out of curiosity, is it possible for a voter to ever know that his or her mail-in ballot was not only received but also actually counted.

    The special notice that came with the instructions this time regarding the need to update the voter’s signature if it has changed was a good idea. At the same time, however, it created a little paranoia among older members of my family, self included.

    Sometimes, just a slight tremor can cause signatures to be not quite alike on even a day-to-day basis, let alone over time. We’re thinking about getting off the permanent vote by mail list and going to the precincts instead. Maybe somebody can invent an alternative method for validating ballots.

    It would be great if you could go online, enter a ballot number and get confirmation that the ballot was received and counted, even if it’s after the election is over. Or, if a ballot was received but rejected, it would be great if the voter could receive some after-the-fact notice of that (including reason) so that they could do something to avoid being rejected the next time.

  • Steve Weir

    John, older voters do not present a rejection problem, it is the 20 to 39 year age group. They represent 15% of the vote-by-mail volumn, but 50% of the rejection for no signature match.

    I’m up to my eyes right now, will respond w/ more detail later.

  • John W

    Re: 6 Steve Weir

    Many thanks Steve. I look forward to an opportunity to learn more after you get through the election and take a well-deserved deep breath. You’re the MVP of elected officials.