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Nov. 17, 3:37 p.m.
Kevin Lincoln appears to be Stockton’s new mayor.
He leads incumbent Michael Tubbs by 12,000 votes with only 7,500 left to be counted, though Tubbs has yet to officially concede.
A political newcomer, Lincoln captured 56% of the vote, but in victory praised Tubbs’ service to the city.
“I’m thankful for the leadership of the current mayor," Lincoln said. "I’m thankful for the work the mayor has done in investing in the youth in our city and just to the people of Stockton, we have work ahead of us. We’ll move our city forward and we’ll do it together.”
Lincoln says he plans to meet with the Tubbs transition team Dec. 1, and with the city manager and council members later this week.
He would take office Jan. 20.
Nov. 16, 3:40 p.m.
Sacramento School Board board member Mai Vang is the new city council member representing the south area’s District 8.
Vang will be the first Hmong American and the first Asian American woman to serve on the council.
She ran against pastor and community activist Les Simmons, who conceded the race over the weekend. Vang leads by about 700 votes, a margin Simmons is unlikely to close as the final ballots are tallied.
She will join Councilwoman-elect Katie Valenzuela, creating a progressive coalition at City Hall.
Vang said she’s looking to create long-term solutions to help South Sacramento residents out of poverty, and will focus on creating job pipelines and offering healthy food options.
— Sarah Mizes-Tan
Nov. 16, 3:33 p.m.
Sacramento County Supervisors District 3 candidate Gregg Fishman conceded defeat over the weekend.
"Although I wish the outcome had been different, I trust and accept the judgment rendered by the people of District 3," Fishman wrote on Twitter. "Thank you to all those who supported this campaign. It has been an honor to serve as a candidate in this race."
In a very close race, Rich Desmond has 2,400 votes more than Fishman. Votes remain to be counted, but Fishman is mathematically unlikely to pull ahead.
Nov. 12, 11:33 a.m.
Several ballot propositions and elected seat winners aren’t the only things that swept up votes in California. The cannabis industry did too.
According to the cannabis advocacy group California NORML, cities like Artesia, Grass Valley, Costa Mesa, Oceanside, Porterville, Ventura, and more all had ballot measures related to cannabis pass. Out of the 38 total ballot measures in 36 cities, most of them passed.
Ellen Komp with California NORML said that most cities passed measures to allow cannabis businesses — like dispensaries, cultivators, manufacturers — to operate. While recreational cannabis is legal in the state, the law allows city and county governments to set up their own rules.
Komp also said that budget shortfalls might have motivated some local governments to explore cannabis opportunities.
“A lot of city councils were looking at what was happening in communities around them, realizing they were missing out on tax income,” Komp said. “Also, seeing that the sky wasn’t falling, crime wasn’t going up— in fact, the opposite was happening.”
Only about one-third of California cities and counties allow cannabis businesses even though recreational use of marijuana is legal under state law.
California wasn’t the only state to move forward with the cannabis industry. States like Arizona, New Jersey, and South Dakota also voted on election day to legalize recreational use.
Nov. 12, 11:30 a.m.
In a tight race, 51% of Californians have voted to pass Proposition 19. While some remaining votes are still being counted, the Associated Press has declared that the proposition would pass.
Proposition 19 will allow homeowners over the age of 55, disabled, or victims of a natural disaster to keep their lower property tax rate when they sell their current homes and move. This will also close the loophole in state tax law that allows these groups' children or families to inherit these homes and keep their parents' lower tax rates, what is sometimes called the "Lebowski Loophole."
The situation now is that children or families that inherit these properties can only keep the lower tax rate if the property will be used as their primary residence and if the market value is less than $1 million. Proponents of the proposition say that the revenue gained from these increased taxes will go mostly to fire departments and fund wildfire agencies.
Nov. 11, 9:24 a.m.
California voters have rejected Prop 15, which would have partially dismantled the state’s 42-year-old cap on property taxes, the Associated Press reports.
An updated vote count released Tuesday showed the opposition to Prop 15 with nearly 52% of the votes. Prop 15 would have allowed local governments to assess commercial and industrial properties’ tax rates every three years, a move supporters said would generate up to $12.5 billion. Residential properties, including home-based businesses, would have remained under the rules set out in 1978 under Proposition 13.
- Emily Zentner
Nov. 10, 3:43 p.m.
An unidentified staffer working at the Yolo County Elections Office tested positive for COVID-19 this Monday.
According to a press release from the county, the staffer had minimal interactions with poll workers, but worked with other elections staff and contacted some election observers. The release also said that the coronavirus-positive patient had limited exposure to the county's Voter Assistance Centers or any county's residents and voters. A contact tracing team has been called in to notify any of those that may have been in close contact with the staffer.
In the release, Yolo County elections officials also stressed that the office has been following social distancing and disinfecting protocols. All staff and visitors are required to wear a face covering.
Since the positive COVID-19 case, the county's election office has taken a few mitigation steps, including limiting election staff to the office, communicating with Yolo County Public Health, sending possibly exposed staffers home to self-quarantine and allowing some employees to work from home.
Elections staff are still on track to meet the Dec. 3 election certification. Over 99,000 total ballots were cast in Yolo County, and over 90,000 of them were mail-in ballots.
— Megan Manata
Nov. 10, 11:30 a.m.
Singh-Allen claimed victory Monday after embattled incumbent Steve Ly offered his concession. With results still being counted, Singh-Allen held 46% of the vote.
She currently serves on the Elk Grove Unified School District board and ran up an impressive number of endorsements. She's expected to be sworn in Dec. 9.
Singh-Allen will be the first directly-elected Sikh woman to hold the office in the nation, according to The Sacramento Bee.
— Ed Fletcher
Nov. 9, 11:42 a.m.
What began as an emergency plan to deal with the pandemic during an election might become standard operating procedure in California.
Democrats in the state are discussing making the system in which every registered voter in the state receives a mail-in ballot permanent. It was an experiment that worked, says Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon.
“I think voting by mail was always something that we thought as a state we would end up doing at some point in the future,” Rendon said. “I think the COVID reality — the COVID situation — is something that sort of sped that up. And as something that we did with not as much time as we would have liked in terms of lead-up, I thought it worked exceptionally well.”
Voters were able to mail in their ballot, drop it in a drop box or at a voting center, or, if they wished, cast a ballot in person on Election Day. Rendon says apart from figuring out the cost and how to pay for it, there’s no reason not to make it permanent. The program this year cost $65 million.
— Mike Hagerty
Nov. 9, 11:41 a.m.
While many votes still need to be counted, Sacramento’s Strong Mayor proposal is far behind in the vote count.
If Measure A fails, it’ll be two successive Sacramento mayors who have unsuccessfully sought to expand their powers. The no campaign against Measure A was chaired by former Sacramento Mayor Heather Fargo.
“I do not think that a strong mayor form of government is good for Sacramento,” Fargo said. “I don’t think we need it. I don’t think we benefit from it.”
Fargo served as mayor from 2000 to 2008. She says empowering the council to direct the city manager is more democratic.
“I am just a believer in a more collaborative process,” Fargo said. “I believe in democracy. And I think five votes of nine councilmembers should be enough to move the city forward in whatever direction they decide.”
The latest figures show the strong mayor initiative trailing 58% to 42%.
— Ed Fletcher
Nov. 7, 3:05 p.m.
Hundreds of people gathered for a pro-Trump rally at the California Capitol in downtown Sacramento on Saturday in protest of Joe Biden’s election victory.
*Misinformation warning*— Scott Rodd (@SRodd_CPR) November 7, 2020
From stage: “I find it very strange that in CA all the votes came in in 15 mins. And then in places like PA it takes days. It’s bullshit.”
Fact check: False. Votes are still being counted in CA. PA was just a close race. That’s how every election works. pic.twitter.com/LN0wN4pB4Q
Just spoke with Eve Mayer for about 20 min on why she came out.— Scott Rodd (@SRodd_CPR) November 7, 2020
She said she has faith in integrity of electoral system but alleges there is widespread fraud.
Blames the Dem party.
I noted there is no evidence of this. She disagreed.
She said she could ultimately accept... pic.twitter.com/JPMqKur7fv
While supporters of President Donald Trump claimed the election had been “stolen,” others there in counter-protest celebrated the win for Democrats.
Things are getting scrappy between the Trump and Biden sides.— Scott Rodd (@SRodd_CPR) November 8, 2020
Confrontation occurred when a protester from the Biden side allegedly broke a Trump supporter’s megaphone.
Shouting, apparently some physical exchanges. Police swarmed in. pic.twitter.com/ssMRcd5nKl
CapRadio visual journalist Andrew Nixon was at the Capitol Saturday documenting the scene.
Nov. 7, 11:35 a.m.
California Senator and Bay Area native Kamala Harris will be the next Vice President of the United States. She brings a long list of firsts to the vice presidency — the first woman, the first Black person, the first Indian American and the first Asian American to hold the office, as well as the first graduate of a historically Black college and first member of a Black sorority to do so.
Her win comes at the end of a close and contentious race for the White House, after which President Trump falsely claimed victory with millions of votes outstanding.
This is a major moment most notably for Black female activists who pushed Joe Biden to name a Black woman as his running mate.
"Black women have always been the backbone of this Democratic Party, and oftentimes not valued for our ability to lead," said Barbara Lee, the congresswoman from Oakland, and a co-chair of Harris' own presidential bid. "But I tell you now, Black women are showing that Black women lead, and we'll never go back to the days where candidates only knew our value in terms of helping them get elected. Now they will see how we govern from the White House."
— Tiffany Lew
Nov. 7, 9:24 a.m.
The Associated Press is declaring that updated returns show former Vice President Joe Biden has won Nevada and its six electoral college votes.
The win comes after the Associated Press called Pennsylvania for the former vice president, giving him the presidency. At times this past week it looked as if Nevada could give Biden the edge over President Donald Trump, increasing scrutiny on the count in the state. Nevada currently gives Biden 290 electoral votes, surpassing the 270 needed to win the presidency.
Early returns showed Biden with a slim advantage over Trump in Nevada, but that grew as more ballots were counted. Nevada accepts mail-in ballots that arrive up to a week after Election Day if they are postmarked by Nov. 3.
Trump supporters and counterprotesters rallied outside the Clark County Registrar’s office during the past week. Trump supporters also tried to interfere with ballot counting in Michigan.
Trump could still challenge the results — his campaign has already filed a number of lawsuits against Nevada, largely aimed at nullifying the state’s new vote by mail law. The Trump campaign has also demanded a recount in Wisconsin, where Biden won by less than one percent.
— Bert Johnson
Nov. 6, 5:12 p.m.
As Sacramento County continues to tabulate election day votes, some races are gaining transparency while others remain too close to call.
- Sacramento's Measure A — that’s the so-called “strong mayor” proposal that would give Mayor Darrell Steinberg more executive power — is sitting at 57% of the voters casting “no,” and 42% in favor.
- South Sacramento’s District 8 city council race remains tight, with school board member Mai Vang is at 51% and pastor Les Simmons is at 48%.
- In the North Sacramento race for the District 2 city council seat, challenger Sean Loloee is at 55% and incumbent Allen Warren is at 44%.
- In Elk Grove, Mayor Steve Ly is at 34%, challenger Bobbie Singh-Allen is at 46%.
- In Stockton, incumbent Mayor Michael Tubbs has 24,281 votes, and challenger Kevin J Lincoln II has 26,375. Tubbs, who has been a national figure, is facing a tough road ahead as more ballots are tallied in this contest.
— Nick Miller
Nov. 6, 4:59 p.m.
California 17-year-olds won't get a chance to vote in the state's next primary election.
California voters have defeated Prop. 18, according to the Associated press. Preliminary results Friday showed 55% of voters rejecting the measure, with around 12.6 million votes counted out of an expected 16.8 million.
The constitutional amendment would have expanded voting rights for certain 17-year-olds. Citizens who were 17, residents of the state and who would have been at least 18 years old at the time of the next general election would have been allowed to vote in any primary or special election that occurs before the next general election if the proposition was approved.
Nov. 6, 11:04 a.m.
Biden Margin Increases In Nevada
New results released by Washoe and Clark counties Friday show Joe Biden's margin over President Donald Trump has widened to 22,000 votes in Nevada. According to NPR, around 86% of the votes have been counted.
The Associated Press has yet to call the race. Washoe County election officials say they won’t release additional results Friday, while Clark County will provide another update before 4 p.m. The state has six electoral votes.
Clark County Registrar of Voters Joe Gloria said he understands there is frustration over the pace of counting ballots in Nevada.
"Our goal here in Clark County is not to count fast. We want to make sure we are being accurate. The results in the state of Nevada are obviously going to be important to the entire country, and that is our No. 1 goal."
Gloria said he hopes to have the final count of the majority of mail-in ballots finished by Sunday.
Yesterday Washoe County officials said they only had around 1,000 votes remaining to be counted, and most appear to have been released Friday.
Biden also has overtaken Trump's total in Georgia and Pennsylvania, though the AP has yet to call those states as votes continue to be counted. Biden currently has 264 electoral votes, with 270 needed to secure the presidency.
Nov. 6, 8:56 a.m.
California leaders are considering making voting by mail a permanent option for all registered voters.
This year, the state required county elections officials to mail a ballot to all registered voters ahead of the election, for an extra cost of about $65 million. The goal was to have fewer people vote in person because of the coronavirus.
Nearly 60% of registered voters cast ballots before Election Day. Now, the state's Democratic leaders are considering making it a permanent option.
Senate President Pro Tem Toni Atkins and Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon have endorsed the idea. Lawmakers would have to figure out how to pay for it.
— Associated Press
Nov. 6, 8:45 a.m.
In an election where the margin is razor-thin, Nevada could play a pivotal role in deciding who will be president. But some mail-in ballots could be left out of the final count.
Nevada’s first majority mail-in general election is in the books. But some vote-by-mail returns haven’t been counted yet, because they were filed incorrectly.
Heather Carmen is the Assistant Registrar of Voters for Washoe County. She says when that happens, voters have nine days after Election Day to fix the problem.
"If there is a signature issue, we’ve challenged it for either missing a signature or miscompares, we will send them a letter with three different options on how to, what we call cure it," Carmen said.
Curing a ballot just means a voter has to prove their identity to confirm it’s really their vote. Carmen said Washoe County residents can mail in a copy of their ID, send a picture of it with their smartphone, or call the office to verify their identity.
Ballots can also be held up if a voter uses the wrong envelope — or if they forget to send it back in the first place.
"Some people actually forget to put their ballot in the envelope and so we also have to reach out to them for that, as well," Carmen said.
Voters can check the status of their ballot on the Nevada Secretary of State’s website.
— Bert Johnson
Nov. 5, 5:42 p.m.
California has announced how many ballots still need to be counted — and the number is big.
According to the Secretary of State’s office on Thursday, counties will process 4,523,196 ballots in the coming weeks.
This number, announced at 4:45 p.m., includes more than 4 million vote-by-mail ballots. Around 22 million Californians were registered to vote in the November election, a record.
And more ballots could be arriving. They have until Nov. 20 to arrive at county registrars' offices, so long as they were postmarked by Election Day.
— Nick Miller
Nov. 5, 5:38 p.m.
Yolo County had record turnout for the 2020 presidential election, but around a third of the ballots remain to be counted, according to county election officials.
More than 99,000 residents voted in the election, according to Registrar Jesse Salinas. Of those, nearly 38,000 votes remain to be counted, with the majority being mail-in ballots.
Overall, around 83% of registered Yolo County voters cast a ballot.
“Over the past 30 years, we have hovered around a 76% registered voter turnout for Presidential elections, so these numbers are historic,” Salinas wrote in a statement. “We appreciate the public’s patience while we work diligently to ensure every eligible vote is counted.”
These figures could change, as counties will accept ballots postmarked by Nov. 3 that arrive up to 17 days after Election Day. Yolo County will next update election results Friday at 4 p.m.
— Chris Hagan
Nov. 5, 2:58 p.m.
All eyes have been on Nevada as the state continues to tally its votes in the 2020 presidential election. The state released more numbers on Thursday, but more ballots still need to be counted before a projected winner can be declared. Former Vice President Joe Biden currently holds a slight lead in the state, but that could change.
Washoe County, where Reno is located, and Clark County, where Las Vegas is located, have both confirmed they will not be releasing more results today but will provide an update Friday morning.
Nevada could potentially give Biden the Electoral College votes he needs to reach the 270 votes necessary to win the election outright.
Nov. 5, 1:20 p.m.
The Associated Press has recently declared the results of a few more California state propositions. Four of them remain uncalled. Find results for all 12 propositions here.
- Proposition 16 - End Affirmative Action Ban
- The AP declares that this proposition will fail, which means that government agencies cannot set goals to recruit diverse employees, grant contracts to help women and minority-owned businesses, or boost historically disadvantaged communities.
- Proposition 24 - Expand Consumer Privacy - The AP declares that this proposition will pass, meaning that the state will update current online privacy laws and limit tech companies from your “sensitive personal information.”
- Proposition 25 - Repeal Of Cash Bail
- The AP declares that this proposition will fail, meaning California will not repeal the cash-based bail system for a computer algorithm to assess an arrested person’s public safety and flight risk.
Nov. 5, 9:30 a.m.
Experts say former Vice President Joe Biden will need to win Nevada and Michigan to become the next President of the United States. But while the Democrat is projected to take Michigan, predictions of an easy Democrat victory in the Silver State haven’t panned out.
“Poll data this time was way off the mark, in every possible category,” said Fred Lokken, who heads the Political Science Department at Truckee Meadows Community College.
Political observers have questioned Nevada’s swing state status in the last few years, but early election returns suggest it could still be in play. As of Wednesday afternoon, Biden was leading President Donald Trump by less than 1 percentage point — even smaller than the two point gap that gave Hillary Clinton Nevada’s electoral votes in 2016.
Meanwhile, Washoe County Registrar of Voters Deanna Spikula said the county still had not processed more than 9,000 mail-in ballots turned in by voters on Election Day at drop-off sites and polling locations. She added those results would be reported by 10 a.m. on Thursday.
Nov. 4, 8:31 p.m.
As of 2 a.m. Wednesday, Sacramento County had tallied 342,000 ballots, but estimates that it has another 360,000 to go, according to county spokesperson Janna Haynes.
“It is a considerable amount of counting left to do,” Haynes said. “I think it really mirrors what we have said all along, is that we will not have final results for a couple of weeks, maybe even up to three weeks now, considering the volume that we have and could potentially end up with.”
Social distancing protocols have posed a challenge for election staff trying to tally Sacramento County’s votes as they can’t have as many people in a room processing ballots as they normally would.
“We are also dealing with a record number of ballots,” Haynes said. “We’ve never processed so many ballots before. And so we’re equipped to do it. It’s just going to take time and people are going to have to be patient.”
There are about 887,000 registered voters in Sacramento County, and Haynes said the county potentially saw a record 80% turnout in Tuesday’s election.
Haynes is optimistic that the county will meet its goal of having a final, accurate tally by Thanksgiving. The next update to the county’s results will be released on Friday at 4 p.m.
— Mike Hagerty
Nov. 4, 4:09 p.m.
Stockton’s mayoral election is still up-in-the-air, with challenger Kevin Lincoln holding about 52% of the vote and incumbent Michael Tubbs holding about 48% as of Wednesday.
These results may have surprised some who thought Tubbs might ease into a second term. Tubbs is a popular figure in the Democratic Party for policies like his universal basic income program, and he’s even the subject of a recent HBO documentary.
Lincoln is the more conservative candidate in the race, backed by the Republican Party as well as the Stockton police and firefighters unions.
As of Wednesday, less than 2,000 votes separate the two, and it could be awhile before we have clarity on this very close race. San Joaquin County plans to release its next round of results on Thursday night.
— Rich Ibarra, Nick Miller
Nov. 4, 4:06 p.m.
In North Sacramento, incumbent District 2 City Councilmember Allen Warren is facing a tight race with challenger Sean Loloee.
So far 8,209 ballots have been counted in the race, and between 16,900 and 19,900 ballots are expected to come in, according to projections from Political Data, Inc. This means that about half of the expected ballots have been counted.
While votes are still being counted, early results show newcomer and local business owner Loloee has rallied 55% of the vote to Warren’s 45% as of Wednesday afternoon.
Loloee said he wasn’t surprised by the early results, saying that he “walked and knocked on maybe 5, 6,000 doors for the general election, and the comments that I would hear is that everybody’s wanting change, they wanted change.”
Updated results in this race and others in Sacramento County will come on Friday afternoon.
— Sarah Mizes-Tan
Nov. 4, 4:13 p.m.
Democrats are hoping to flip a handful of southern California legislative seats this election cycle. But it’s still too early to call those races.
More than half the ballots in California have already been counted, but millions more remain. That means it could be days, maybe even weeks, before some legislative races are decided.
Unofficial results Wednesday show Republican state Sen. Scott Wilk in a 50-50 race against Democratic challenger Kipp Mueller.
State Senate District 23, an open state Senate seat covering parts of San Bernardino and Riverside counties, is very close. Early results show fewer than 150 votes separating the two candidates — Republican Rosilicie Bogh and Democrat Abigail Medina running for a district currently held by Republicans.
Preliminary tallies show two GOP senators in Orange County with 48% of the current vote in their races. Incumbents John Moorlach and Ling Ling Chang are each trailing their Democratic challengers by at least 10,000 votes — but there are still anywhere from 20,000 to 80,000 votes left to count in these races.
— Nicole Nixon
Nov. 4, 10:19 a.m.
Early Results Show Sacramento Voters Rejecting Strong Mayor, Rent Control Measures — Though Many Votes Still To Be Counted
Preliminary results in Sacramento show that 57% of voters have rejected Measure A — the so-called “strong mayor” proposal that would give Mayor Darrell Steinberg more executive power.
So far, we’ve seen just over 94,400 ballots counted for Measure A. CapRadio expects anywhere between 200,000 to 224,000 ballots cast in this race.
A majority of voters so far — 62% — are also saying no to Measure C, which would provide increased protections for renters. To date, 93,999 ballots have been counted, about one-third of the total expected ballots. Sacramento County intends to update vote tallies in this race on Friday afternoon.
It could take days — or weeks — for final results in these races.
Nov. 4, 9:38 a.m.
Wednesday morning after the Election, California is still counting votes, with many of the 12 propositions on the ballots still awaiting more votes before being finalized.
Since Tuesday night, a few of the propositions were projected to win by the Associated Press:
- Proposition 17 - Voting rights for parolees - The AP declares this proposition will pass, allowing people on parole for felony convictions to vote
- Proposition 20 - Stricter parole, sentencing - The AP declares this proposition will fail, which means that more crimes will not be charged as felonies, and people who commit certain misdemeanors will not have to submit a DNA sample to a state database
- Proposition 21 - Local rent control
- The AP declares Prop. 21 will fail, which means that the Contra-Hawkins Rental Housing Act will continue to be upheld
- Proposition 22 - Rules for app-based drivers
- The AP declares Prop. 22 will pass, allowing tech giants like Uber, Lyft, and DoorDash to keep drivers as independent contractors and supply drivers with some healthcare benefits in lieu of a minimum wage, workers compensation, health insurance, or overtime pay
- Proposition 23 - Dialysis Clinic Requirement - The AP declares this proposition will fail, allowing dialysis clinics to continue operating as they are and not require to report on dialysis-based infections, have a licensed physician, nurse, or physician assistant on-site during treatments, and more.
Nov. 4, 7:27 a.m.
Difficulties at some Clark County polling locations led to delays in the reporting of statewide results in Nevada Tuesday.
Polls were scheduled to close at 7 p.m., but 30 sites around Las Vegas stayed open an extra hour after Republicans in the state filed an emergency lawsuit.
Late Tuesday night, vote tallies had started to trickle in, with former Vice President Joe Biden gaining an early edge. But official results won’t be available until a seven-day period that allows mail-in ballots postmarked on Election Day to be counted.
Despite the delays, most polling places reported no issues. In an election where more voters had cast their ballots before Election Day than participated in the 2016 race, Nevada voters showed up in large numbers despite the COVID-19 pandemic and the potential for voter intimidation.
Washoe County Registrar of Voters Deanna Spikula told reporters turnout for the day had passed 21,000 voters.
“That’s a great number for Election Day,” she said.
— Bert Johnson
Gig companies like Uber and Lyft will likely be able to continue to classify drivers as contractors with voters projected to pass Proposition 22.
The measure would exempt certain gig workers from Assembly Bill 5, California’s contentious new labor law, by reclassifying app-based delivery and rideshare drivers as independent contractors. Companies including Uber, Lyft and DoorDash spent more than $200 million supporting the measure, making it the most expensive campaign this election.
Proposition 22 would require companies with independent contractors to provide their drivers with benefits such as minimum compensation and health care subsidies based on driving time, vehicle insurance and sexual harassment training, rather than regular employee benefits like a minimum wage, workers’ compensation or overtime pay.
Those benefits would still be less than those required for full-time employees.
The Associated Press is projecting that California voters have again rejected a call to expand rent control.
Proposition 21 was similar to one on the ballot in 2016 and would have allowed cities and counties to implement rent control for certain residential properties that are over 15 years old. It was meant to replace the Costa-Hawkins Rental Housing Act, which prohibits rent control for housing that was built after 1995 as well as for units such as single-family homes, townhomes and condos.
In other propositions, the AP projects that Prop. 20 — which would have rolled back criminal sentencing reforms — will be defeated. Prop 17, a constitutional amendment would allow people on parole for felony convictions to vote after their state or federal prison term ends, is projected to be approved.
California’s Proposition 23, which would have changed rules for dialysis clinics, is projected to fail, according to the Associated Press.
The measure would have required dialysis clinics to have a licensed physician, nurse or physician assistant on site during kidney dialysis treatment. It's the second dialysis measure California voters have decided on in the past two elections.
It was also one of the more expensive measures on the ballot this year. More than $114 million was spent, with dialysis companies like DaVita putting more than $100 million into fighting the measure.
The South Natomas Library was one of 11 Sacramento County vote centers experiencing long lines on Election Day. As of 6 p.m. the line extended 65 people deep with voters there waiting more than an hour to vote in-person.
While some voters accepted the line in stride, others opted to return their mail-in ballot instead. Others left altogether.
“The line has been up to this 100-foot sign pretty much all day,” said Sachiko Konatsu, who was campaigning just outside of the no-campaigning zone.
As the sun set, the line grew longer and stretched into the darkness. Most people stood quietly listening to music or carefully studying their smartphones.
The list of impacted voting centers included: Sylvan Oaks Library, Hillsdale Baptist, Depot Building, Koreana, APAPA, Citrus Heights Fellowship, Orangevale CC, South Natomas Library, Robertson CC, University of Phoenix and North Highlands-Antelope Library.
— Ed Fletcher
A common theme emerged among voters who showed up at the District52 Community Center in Elk Grove: a desire for safety and normalcy.
But for different people, that means different things.
“For the last four years, it’s been up and down racist. That’s a bit concerning,” said Lakhvinder Singh, an immigrant and small business owner. “People being attacked who are not white — it is not right. It is not America.”
Per California’s electioneering laws, Singh was sitting 100 feet from the building and holding a campaign sign for his daughter, Bobbie Singh-Allen, who’s running for mayor of Elk Grove.
Mike Ralston, 52, says he normally votes Democrat, but he changed his mind earlier this summer, mostly after the “defund the police” movement.
“I’m not a huge fan of [Trump], but when I started to see the protests and the lawlessness going on — law and order all the way,” he said.
Tyrell Jones echoed those thoughts after leaving the vote center half an hour later.
“I’m voting for Trump, strictly out of like, policies and behaviors of the parties. One side's burning stuff down, the other ones not,” he said. “The violence over the summer was crucial.”
He said a spike in gun sales this year, brought on by the pandemic and violent protests over racial justice, is concerning. “That's not normal. But yet it's expected. People are afraid.”
Jones said he’s not a “diehard Republican,” but he doesn’t feel there’s a place for him in today’s Democratic Party, either.
“I wish there was a middle ground,” he said. “And there isn't — you’re either left, right, and there is no middle. But I think California, and Elk Grove particularly, showcases that middle ground that we can all live in peace, we can have a difference of opinion, and we can still prosper.”
— Nicole Nixon
Polls in California closed at 8 p.m., and Joe Biden is projected to win the state according to the Associated Press.
Biden winning California isn't a surprise, even this early in the night. But many other races remain too close to call. Results will continue to come in soon from around the state, but exactly when depends on your county.
You can follow the latest results in California and Nevada on CapRadio's Live Results page. There you'll be able to get personalized results by entering your address, and for most races in California see an estimate of how many votes are left to count.
This is important because it could take days or weeks to get final results in some races due to the high number of mail-in ballots this year.
A steady stream of UC Davis students showed up Tuesday to vote inside the ARC Ballroom, a large on-campus vote center that provided plenty of room to safely cast ballots.
Jan Schafer-Kramer, who said she’s worked as a Yolo County poll worker for 18 years, said she witnessed “many, many first-time voters” come to the polls.
“It’s pretty exciting to be a part of that experience for them.” She said everything had gone smoothly at the site, noting everyone showed up wearing a face covering.
Kramer added that some students took advantage of California’s Same Day Voter Registration process, which allows them to register to vote on Election Day.
That allowed Cole Velez, 20, a second-year student at UC Davis, the opportunity to vote.
“It was much easier than I thought,” said Veloz, moments after casting his ballot. “I’m from Texas, so I wasn’t registered in California but the whole process took like 10 minutes. It was pretty easy.”
Outside the vote center, Katherine Gee, 19, also a second-year student, said she filled out her mail-in ballot to avoid voting in-person amid COVID-19.
Like several students, she said it was important to vote for candidates who prioritize environmental issues.
She added, however, that “the presidential election was my main motive in voting.”
“Over the past four years,” Gee said, “I have seen a lot of impacts of our current president, and I felt that there could be a lot of improvements and changes if Joe Biden was elected,” Gee said.”I felt that it was important that we all go out and make our voice heard.”
Just outside the vote center, the League of Women Voters Davis Area operated an authorized Yolo County ballot drop box station where voters could drive up or walk by and leave their mail-in ballots.
Several more businesses in downtown Sacramento have boarded up their storefronts to prevent damage in the case of election-related protests.
The Sacramento Metro Chamber says it has been getting calls from store owners trying to decide if they should do the same.
But not all business owners feel the need to add the plywood protection to their brick and mortar businesses on Election Day.
Aziz Bellarbi-Salah runs three restaurants downtown, Aioli Bodega Espanola, The Grand Wine Bar, and Brasserie Capitale, and said midday on Tuesday that he doesn’t feel a threat on his restaurants right now.
“I will not be boarding up Aioli or The Grand unless I see a significant change in the climate of downtown Sacramento,” he said.
“I don’t like the position of boarding up. I think it stands against solidarity of the community and I think it gives into fear,” he said.
Sitting in Brassiere Capitale & I’m overhearing the staff call people to cancel reservations, “Our landlord asked us to board up the building for the next week.”— 🍂 Ezra David Romero 🥧 (@ezraromero) November 3, 2020
The owner says it’s the 4th time they’ve boarded up this year. “It’ll result in losses, maybe jobs.” @capradionews pic.twitter.com/Da79nZsCLo
However, Bellarbi-Salah says the landlord at one of his restaurants, Brasserie Capitale, decided to put up plywood on the property, so Bellarbi-Salah anticipates being temporarily closed at that location.
The Sacramento Metro Chamber said many business owners feel uncertainty in light of the election, and are just taking measures to protect property damage.
— Ezra David Romero
Although all Californians had the option to vote from home and mail in their ballot under a governor’s order last May, many Sacramento voters showed up at the polls on Election Day to cast their votes in person.
Dozens of residents of the South Sacramento neighborhood of Colonial Heights were lined up Tuesday morning to vote at a Stockton Boulevard library. Voters came out to polling places in Meadowview and North Sacramento as well.
Many said they wanted to make sure their vote didn’t get lost in the mail or get discounted for another reason.
Sandra Samaniego said she came to the polls in person because she was worried if she mailed in her ballot, there would be a problem validating her signature.
“I’m anxious about having my ballot counted,” she said. “I want to vote, I don’t trust whoever’s looking at the signatures. I’m sure it’s somebody who’s not an expert.”
Sandra and Avery, two voters who met while in line to vote both said they were coming in to vote in person because of worries that their vote wouldn’t be counted otherwise. Avery says he’s most concerned about his finances with this election - says he has 7 kids pic.twitter.com/ZhwugzKzlx— Sarah Mizes-Tan (@sarah_mizes_tan) November 3, 2020
Samaniego said the pandemic and recent social unrest are part of what motivated her to vote this year.
Phenoy Carter, who voted Tuesday morning at Johnston Community Center in Strawberry Manor, also said she was worried her vote might not be counted if she mailed it in. She was motivated to vote because she wants a change of leadership that will result in more equitable treatment for people of color.
“It’s not just African Americans, it’s every person of color … we are all treated the same: Horrible,” said Carter. “So I wanted to be sure my vote counted and got in.”
Other Sacramentans at the polls said they were motivated more by national issues rather than local races.
Alison Sutton-Saelee voted in Colonial Heights with her two young children. She says the presidential election brought her out.
“I’m thinking about what our reputation is in the world overall, so it’s really important to me that we have leadership starting at the top who respects our position and really sees us as a global power and a more positive force,” Sutton-Saelee said.
Sutton-Saelee said she usually votes by mail, but this year she came to the polling place to show her children the electoral process.
— Sarah Mizes-Tan
For some voters in Placer County, national politics played a major role in their motivations to vote on Election Day.
Shaina Hamilton lives in Roseville but was voting in person in Auburn after not receiving her mail-in ballot following a move. She said lots of issues brought her out to vote.
"Black rights, climate change," Hamilton said. "I'm just here voting for my future kids … I think a lot of things need to change.
Mike Fox is legally blind, and said he had a smooth process turning in his ballot Tuesday.
"No issues, they actually helped me out," he said. "I heard I had to sign my ballot and the envelope, but it was just the envelope."
He said national issues overshadowed local issues for him.
"I've worked since I was in the sixth grade and now I'm legally blind, I'm on Social Security disability," Fox said. "When I hear people tell me it's an entitlement? I've paid into that all my life. I do believe we're stronger together than we are divided."
— Scott Rodd
Sacramento County is reporting long lines at nearly a dozen voting locations Tuesday afternoon.
Here are the vote centers with long lines, according to elections officials:
- Sylvan Oaks Library
- Hillsdale Baptist
- Depot Building
- Citrus Heights Fellowship
- Orangevale CC
- South Natomas Library
- Robertson CC
- University of Phoenix
- North Highlands-Antelope Library
Under the Voter's Choice Act, Sacramento County residents can turn in their mail-in ballot or vote in person at any vote center in the county. Here's a map of voting locations in Sacramento, Yolo, Placer and El Dorado counties.
— Chris Hagan
Californians across the state lined up outside voting centers and polling places today. In the heart of Sacramento, many mothers used Election Day as a teaching moment.
Norma Greathouse, 60, brought three of her daughters and one granddaughter to the Golden 1 Center in downtown Sacramento to vote. Three voted for the first time.
“We're not dropping anything off, they wanted to actually vote,” she said. “I want them to have that experience.”
With her grandma's help, 18-year-old Aria Woodyard voted for the first time. She was nervous because of all the election news and what she sees daily on social media.
“Everything is so opinionated,” Woodyard said. “It's kind of hard to get the real information. That kind of stresses me out.”
Greathouse isn’t alone in teaching her family the importance of voting. Jenny Michelle, 37, brought her daughter Ariel to vote. For the 18-year-old, casting her ballot is about empathy and equality.
“I personally voted for the reason of illegal immigrants,” she said. “I want better for them.”
For Michelle Guina, bringing her teenage daughter with her to witness the voting process is about morality.
“I want to vote for someone that's ethical and moral,” she said. “I think it's important that I'm a role model, and that the president is and that's important is the fact that my child will ask, ‘Why is this person like this?'”
Gunia says as a mother she can stand in as a role model when elected leaders fall short. That’s why when she submitted her ballot, her daughter was right by her side.
— Ezra David Romero
Several dozen people who lined up outside Citrus Heights City Hall on Election Day morning experienced two disruptions while waiting to vote.
Around 11:30 a.m., while the voting line was several dozen deep, a woman walked through the crowd holding a drop-off ballot and began asking people who they were voting for. She then started attempting to discredit scientific evidence about COVID-19 and telling people to remove their masks.
In California, observers cannot harass, attempt to coerce or ask personal questions of voters. Any campaigning must be done at least 100 feet from the polling place.
When a poll worker asked the woman to move beyond 100 feet from the voting center, she initially refused but eventually exited the crowd peacefully.
At Citrus Heights City Hall, a woman is moving through the crowd asking people to chant for Trump, telling people to take off their masks. Poll workers have confronted her and asked her to move back past 100 feet, but she hasn’t complied. pic.twitter.com/GUikJi5K5X— Sammy Caiola (@SammyCaiola) November 3, 2020
Later that morning, a young man rode through the crowd at the Citrus Heights voting center on a skateboard with a flag for President Donald Trump draped over his shoulders. The rider was off the scene before poll workers could reach him.
Poll workers at the location told CapRadio that people are allowed to wear slogans and symbols when they go to vote, but clothing and signs can’t contain names or proposition numbers.
Larry Miramontes, inspector at the Citrus Heights center, said the poll workers acted according to protocol when they asked the woman to back up beyond the 100-foot mark.
“We go through a lot of training relative to electioneering, and what that involves and what that means,” he said. “Most of our poll workers here are more than familiar with how to handle that.”
He says there weren’t any other incidents earlier that morning.
Elmo Banning, 64, said he wanted to come out on Election Day specifically to be part of a ‘big red wave’ of people voting for Trump.
“People of my persuasion vote on the day, I just don’t want to take that away,” he said.
A few observers in yellow shirts were onsite as part of a national movement to prevent voter suppression, called Election Defenders . They were not advocating or campaigning, and were mainly providing water and hand sanitizer to voters in line. Miramontes says they were legally able to position near the voting entrance.
— Sammy Caiola
There are a lot of unknowns this election year. One of them is how quickly county elections offices will be able to deliver vote tallies on election night and in the days and weeks ahead.
It’s a valid question considering that all active voters in California received a vote-by-mail ballot due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The short answer is, it depends on your county . According to a recent news release from the Secretary of State’s office, “each of the 58 county elections offices processes ballots differently, and the distance poll workers must travel from polling places to county offices vary greatly”.
California law requires that county election officials to send their first batch of results to the Secretary of State’s office no more than two hours after they begin tallying votes after polls close on Election Day.
Sacramento County, for example, plans to publish four updates on Election Night, at 8:15 p.m., 10 p.m., 12 a.m., and 2 a.m. It then plans to send out updates a couple of days a week through Dec. 1.
The frequency of releasing polling results depends on the county, with some releasing results only once on Election Day and others, like Sacramento County, releasing it multiple times a night.
The first batch of results will include mail-in ballots counties were able to prepare for the count — likely those that came in before this past weekend — and those cast in-person on Election Day. Later releases will include mail-in ballots that were processed after Election Day and any provisional ballots.
— Pauline Bartolone, Chris Nichols
The largest — if not most used — vote center in Sacramento is the Golden 1 Center downtown, which has been open since Oct. 24. CapRadio Visual Journalist Andrew Nixon stopped by Tuesday morning to document the scene.
Election Day doesn’t have a dress code, but there are some rules about what voters can and can’t wear .
Carmichael Library Vote Center Inspector Alice Braun says slogans are allowed, as long as it doesn't include the name of a candidate or a proposition number. If someone wore something against the rules, they’d have to ask them to take it off or leave.
But, “because there might be some contention this year .... if it’s not a name or a proposition number, better to get them into vote and get them out,” Braun said. “We wouldn’t make a big production about it.”
At the Carmichael Library, Terry Smith, 61, came to vote wearing a Make America Great Again hat. He said the reaction was somewhat mixed.
“I noticed the fact that I’m on crutches, that I wouldn’t have stood in this line for five minutes without somebody coming up and asking to help me, but seemed like with this on, I stood there the whole time,” he said. “It’s like you're almost invisible.”
Smith said he came to vote in person out of tradition, always voting on Election Day. This year, he said top of mind issues for him include the pandemic, the economy and the Supreme Court.
He wasn’t wearing a mask as he waited in line outside, but did put one on when he went in. Election officials are asking voters to wear masks, but can't turn anyone away for not wearing one .
“I put ’em on because to me it’s the correct thing to do given the times,” he said. “I want to respect everyone’s wishes whether they want to or not. I just don’t want to wear one outside when it’s such a beautiful day.”
— Sammy Caiola
Residents choosing to vote in-person on Election Day in the city of Sacramento say they’re a little nervous about the process.
Elsie Lee, 36, cast her ballot at a vote center in Colonial Heights — and she did so because she wasn’t as confident with absentee voting.
"It's important to get out here. I know for a fact. I'd done poll working for eight years so I know that my ballot will be safe putting here, casting my vote, rather than sending it back through the mail,” she said.
Voter Marina Patino, 42, said she woke up with anxiety.
“As a brown woman, [I’m concerned] that my voice is not heard. All my women relatives older than me are scared.”
She continued to discuss her worries after voting in Midtown: “I’m not sure if our voice even matters, but I'll still do it anyways. Just because it was instilled in me from my mom that I should. So I do. But I still wonder if it even counts. ... I think it's just also the electoral college, and everything that happens with voter suppression everywhere in America. Just wondering if it actually really does count. If we vote, does it really matter? Or is something going to happen. I think I feel unsure about that part.”
—Ezra David Romero, Sammy Caiola
Carmichael residents turned out to vote Tuesday morning at the Carmichael Library, with varied motivations bringing them to the polls.
Elsie Lee, 36, a founder of the prison advocacy group Sisters With Voices, was taking a stand for criminal justice.
“Today I’m out here voting for my brothers and sisters who were released from prison but not truly free because they’re unable to vote, so we’re out here casting our vote in their honor today,” she said.
She said her organization has been getting the word out to urban communities in recent weeks, placing door hangers and holding a concert in Oakland to “get awareness of what it truly means to be free.”
“There’s so many people right now with COVID running rampantly through the prison systems that don’t have a voice, so we stand up as their sister — even if they don’t have no one, they have a sister in us and we are their voice,” she said.
Tristan Johnson, a 20-year-old Carmichael resident, was at the library voting for the first time.
“I came here to try to make a difference,” she said, citing racism as one of her primary concerns.
As to what young people have to say this election, she said she can’t speak to others’ opinions, but she does see voting President Donald Trump out of office as a big motivation.
“It seems like on social media, I feel like a lot of people are voting because they don’t want Trump in office anymore,” she said. “I feel like a lot of younger people are just taking this and going off with it just because they don’t like who’s on the chair.”
— Sammy Caiola
People at the Pannell Community Center in South Sacramento's Meadowview neighborhood started lining up in the early morning hours to vote in-person. The Junior League of Sacramento set up outside the center to assist voters and give them a word of encouragement or even a snack and a drink.
The group said that they are working to help voters feel safe and that their community supports them as they go into the polls to cast their ballot.
Volunteers such as Phyllis Kidd, 64, said that she always helps at the polls and that there has been a steady stream of voters at the Pannell Center. While nobody has intimidated voters at this location, she said she is on the lookout.
Brittney Bey, a 23-year-old mom, brought her daughter out to the polls to show her what the process is like and to be sure her vote is counted. This is Brittney's first time voting.
Who: Jenny Michelle, 37, and Ariel Michelle, 18
Details: CapRadio reporters are at vote centers and polling places across the Sacramento region this morning. Our goal is to bear witness as we take part in this historic election. Reporter Ezra David Romero was at the Golden One Center in downtown Sacramento earlier this morning right as the polls opened at 7 a.m. He spoke to a mother and daughter — one of them participating in the democratic process for the first time.
Ezra: This must be your first time voting, how is the process for you?
Ariel: It was pretty easy. It was very simple. For a first time, like I thought it was simple.
Were you nervous at all about the voting process?
Ariel: Not really. I knew I was going to vote for.
Why come in today to vote instead of dropping it off somewhere or mail it in?
Jenny: For me, Election Day's always been traditional. I've always liked going in. I love Election Day. I love election night. For me, it's just a little bit more intimate to vote in person than voting by mail. So it's just something I do.
What are you expecting today as these moments go on? How are you feeling about this process?
Jenny: I mean, at the end of the day, we're a democracy. Right? So whoever wins wins. And we have to just move on and support whoever the president is. The majority of the people are the majority [but] the Electoral College is going to decide who that is. And we just have to move forward as a country and, you know, get to know one another and outside of politics without actually having to name who you're voting for.
Are there any issues or reasons that brought you to the polls this time? Besides, it's Election Day and you have to vote.
Ariel: I just know that a lot of people are going because this election is important. I personally voted for the reason of illegal immigrants. I want better for them and I really hope that they get that better.
Any last thoughts?
Jenny: I just hope that all Americans can come together at the end of the day. I'm tired of seeing the bickering, the fighting, the insults. You know, we were just talking about people that vote differently than us. There's still great people. The politics bring out the ugly in them. But as long as we can have, like, cordial conversations and dialogue, I hope that that continues to happen more and more often.
—Ezra David Romero
In California, the polls are open today from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Whether you plan to drop off your mail-in ballot, vote in person, or still need to register, here's how to make sure your vote is counted.
How Do I Register On Election Day?
Californians can register conditionally until 8 p.m. on Election Day. You can do this at your polling place or any vote center, if your county has them. You’ll receive a conditional voter registration because the traditional registration deadline has passed, but you can still cast a provisional ballot which will be counted once your eligibility is verified.
How Do I Vote In Person?
Here are some tips about what to expect at the polls this year:
- Election officials suggest you bring your mail-in ballot, but it is not required.
- If you've voted by mail, you can't change your vote.
- You can call the Secretary of State’s voter hotline 1-800-345-VOTE to get answers about where and how to vote and to document complaints about voter intimidation or harassment.
Additionally, counties are taking precautions against COVID-19. Here's what to do to protect yourself:
- Wear a mask.
- Stay at least six feet from others when plexiglass is not present.
- Bring your own hand sanitizer.
- Consider bringing a face shield or goggles.
- Go to the polls by yourself, don’t bring children or other household members.
Can I Still Turn In My Mail-In Ballot?
Yes. You can turn in your mail-in ballot at your polling location or ballot drop box until 8 p.m. You can look up official ballot drop box locations here , or find a map of authorized locations in Sacramento, Yolo, Place and El Dorado counties here .
— Chris Nichols
Sacramento nonprofits are working to get one often-overlooked group to the polls: unhoused voters.
First Step Communities, located just north of downtown Sacramento, is open for voter registration, in-person voting and ballot drop-off until 8 p.m. on election night. It’s in an area where homeless encampments are common, and it’s close to the Loaves and Fishes homeless resource center.
Sacramento County Registrar Courtney Bailey-Kanelos says unhoused individuals may think they can’t vote.
“There’s a lot of confusion for folks who are homeless,” she said. “Thinking that because you don’t have a permanent address that you’re not able to participate in the election … so our goal here is to say whether you use a shelter, wherever you spend most of your time, where you sleep at night, you’re still able to vote and participate in the election.”
Lisa Patterson, an unhoused 39-year-old, says she saw the “vote” signs while in the neighborhood and wanted to make her voice heard. She says the opinions of lower-class people are often excluded from civil discourse.
“I’m happy that I could make a difference in how history is being made right now,” she said. “This is a really good place, for people who are lower-class, they can come and actually vote.”
Poll workers at the site have been walking around the area giving out flyers and telling people how to cast their ballots.
— Sammy Caiola
Last week, California Secretary of State Alex Padilla told CapRadio not to think of Nov. 3 as Election Day.
"Think of Tuesday, November 3 as the last day to vote," Padilla said to Randol White, the host of CapRadio’s talk show Insight.
Last month, every active registered voter received a mail-in ballot to try and limit the spread of COVID-19 during voting. More than 11 million Californians have already voted, more than half the registered voters in the state, according to the Secretary of State’s office.
That means results may not come in quickly, and races may not be called on election night. Because of that, CapRadio is going to report differently on results today and the rest of this Election Season.
- On Election Night, we will avoid language such as "ahead" or "winning," since it may be unclear from initial results which candidate will ultimately be awarded the office.
- We'll let you know a candidate's percentage of the current vote, how many ballots have been cast and how many are expected to still come in.
- Neither NPR nor CapRadio will “call” a race. We will, however, report if the Associated Press calls a national or state race. Here is some information on how they make those calls.
- We will report if a candidate or ballot measure campaign has conceded or is claiming victory. However, concessions have no legal implications and can be rescinded at any time. Similarly, claiming a victory does not make it so.
And a reminder: Statewide and federal elections are not final until certified by the Secretary of State's office on Dec. 11. County election offices certify local races by Dec. 4. We'll report results until all counties and the state have certified their tallies, and follow the process until that's complete.
— Chris Hagan
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