Happy election day! Now get out there and mark a ballot

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Today Californians will head to the polls to votes on 5 statewide propositions, and the primary elections for U.S. Senator, U.S. House of Representatives, Statewide Constitutional offices, and State Legislative offices.

"The biggest one for voters to be concerned about is the creation of the new voting precinct at Mount Gilead Baptist Church on Brannon Stand Road".

In Alexandria, the June 12 Democratic Primary Election is to nominate one candidate for Alexandria Mayor and six candidates for Alexandria City Council; the Republican Primary Election is to nominate one candidate for the U.S. Senate. "Voters who still have their vote-by-mail ballot can drop it off at any polling location, vote center, or ballot dropbox", Padilla said.

According to a letter in the Voter Information Guide from California Secretary of State Alex Padilla, "There is no greater right than the right to vote".

"For this year we've had 45,000 voters return a ballot at a drop box", Jarboe said.

"So we are seeing more people take advantage of that vote-by-mail ballot than we are showing up at a vote center".

And the personal touch isn't gone altogether under the new system. Write-in tallies have also been omitted unless they account for 15% or more of the vote.

The Whitby-Oshawa byelection also served as a road map for the voting and counting experience in 2018.

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"I figure I just show up and they can look me up and get me set up. I might as well do it that way", Wrightsman said. "And it all depends on the vote difference between (the) No. 2 and No. 3 (finishers)".

Check here for voter information, including checking your registration and polling location.

For races like the Sacramento County Sheriff's election, in which incumbent Scott Jones is holding onto a 53 percent lead over his challengers, the new 226,000 votes may very well force him under 50 percent and into a November runoff with either Donna Cox or Milo Fitch.

Voters who do not receive their ballot should contact the Clerk's Office.

Some voters are opting to decline their ballot - not by not showing up, or spoiling their ballot, but by officially recording that they are unhappy with the options or the political process.

Utah's mail-in voting system, which went into effect in 2015, allows residents to vote from the comfort of home, avoiding lines and other issues that can arise on Election Day.

"It's definitely going to be interesting, it'll be interesting to see how the first numbers come out", Neves said. Those are the races that make the most difference in our daily lives, where government is closest to the people.

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