Voters who want to cast their ballot for the June 7 presidential primaries in person don’t have to wait for Election Day. Five polling stations open this weekend and the next.
It's a big day for San Jose, where five City Council seats are up for grabs. Here's a rundown, in case you missed it. Also on the ballot is an initiative called Measure C, which aims to replace the city's cannabis ordinance. Local voters will decide the fate of a quarter-cent sales tax as well, on the ballot as Measure B.
Other contests include California's marquee Senate race between Rep. Loretta Sanchez and Attorney General Kamala Harris and the intra-party showdown in the 17th Congressional District between embattled Rep. Mike Honda (D-San Jose) and perennial contender Ro Khanna. Rep. Anna Eshoo (D-Palo Alto) faces two opponents in the 18th Congressional District and Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-San Jose) squares off against Republican challenger Burt Lancaster.
State Sen. Jim Beall (D-San Jose) is up against terming-out 27th District Assemblywoman Nora Campos (D-San Jose), which has stirred up a whole lot of drama lately. Vying to replace Campos in AD27 are San Jose's former Vice Mayor Madison Nguyen, San Jose Councilman Ash Kalra, county Board of Education trustee Darcie Green, school trustee Van Le, engineer Cong Do, college teacher Andres Quintero and attorney Esau Herrera.
For the full list of races, click here. OK, back to the when, where and how to vote in the June election. Santa Clara County’s Registrar of Voters (ROV) will offer a polling station in each of the county’s supervisorial district in addition to its headquarters in San Jose. Once voters arrive at any station or the main office, they can cast their ballot then and there or take it home and mail it back. Touch-screen voting machines are available for the blind and visually impaired.
Voters registered under “no party preference” can also exchange their ballot for any of the crossover party ballots. Asking for a crossover ballot doesn’t change a person’s registered “no party preference” status, but it does allow voters to pick a presidential candidate in the primary election.
Before casting a ballot at an early voting center or the ROV office, make sure it’s sealed inside a signed envelope. The signature has to be verified for that vote to count.
Another option is to bring ballots at one of 53 drop-off sites throughout the county—23 of which are open 24 hours a day. To make things even easier, the ROV set up five drive-through voting stations where voters can cast a ballot without so much as stepping out of their car.
For folks returning their ballots by mail, here’s some good news: the ROV will foot the bill for postage. That’s a first for this county and a second for the state—one other county had us beat. As of Wednesday, the ROV already received nearly 15 percent of the 600,000 mail-in ballots it issued.
For registered voters, there’s basically no excuse but to participate in the upcoming election.
“There is no more important action in a democracy than voting,” ROV Shannon Bushey said. “The Registrar of Voters’ Office is passionate about increasing voter turnout. We hope that we will make it easier to vote by providing prepaid postage for all vote-by-mail ballots, and by providing early voting centers for all voters in the county.”
For all the details, see below.
Any voter in Santa Clara County can vote early at the Registrar of Voters' Office, 1555 Berger Drive in San Jose. Hours are 8am to 5pm Monday to Friday through June 6 and 9am to 3pm on weekends. Come Election Day, hours extend from 7am to polls closing at 8pm.
Sites will run from noon to 5pm Saturday and Sunday at the following locations:
- Gilroy Library, 350 W. Sixth St. in Gilroy
- Joyce Ellington Branch Library, 491 E. Empire St. in San Jose
- Los Altos Library, 13 S. San Antonio Road in Los Altos
- Santa Clara City Library, 2635 Homestead Road in Santa Clara
- Educational Park Branch Library, 1772 Educational Park Drive in San Jose
Ballot Drop-Off Sites
Through Election Day, voters have the option of dropping off their completed mail-in ballots at the following locations:
- Santa Clara County Government Center, 70 W. Hedding St. in San Jose
- Monte Sereno City Hall, 18041 Saratoga-Los Gatos Road in Monte Sereno
- Campbell City Hall, 70 N. First St. in Campbell
- Morgan Hill City Hall, 17575 Peak Ave. in Morgan Hill
- Cupertino City Hall, 10300 Torre Ave. in Cupertino
- Mountain View City Hall, 500 Castro St. in Mountain View
- Gilroy City Hall, 7351 Rosanna St. in Gilroy
- Palo Alto City Hall, 250 Hamilton Ave. in Palo Alto
- Los Altos City Hall, 1 N. San Antonio Road in Los Altos
- San Jose City Hall, 200 E. Santa Clara St. in San Jose
- Los Altos Hills Town Hall, 26379 Fremont Road in Los Altos Hills
- Santa Clara City Hall, 1500 Warburton Ave. in Santa Clara
- Los Gatos Town Hall, 110 E. Main St. in Los Gatos
- Saratoga City Hall, 13777 Fruitvale Ave. in Saratoga
- Milpitas City Hall, 455 E. Calaveras Blvd. in Milpitas
- Sunnyvale City Hall, 650 W. Olive Ave. in Sunnyvale
- Martin Luther King Library, 150 E. San Fernando St. in San Jose
- Mitchell Park Library, 3700 Middlefield Road in Palo Alto
- Rose Garden Library, 1580 Naglee Ave. in San Jose
From 10am to 3pm on the upcoming two weekends, mail-in voters will have the option of dropping off their ballots without getting out of their cars at the following locations:
- Curtner Light Rail Station, Canoas Garden at Curtner avenues in San Jose
- Morgan Hill Transit Center, Main and Hale avenues in Morgan Hill
- Hostetter Light Rail Station, Capitol Avenue and Camino del Rey in San Jose
- Westgate Shopping Center, back lot near Hamilton Avenue, 1600 Saratoga Avenue in San Jose
- Mayfield Soccer Complex, Page Mill Road at El Camino Real in Palo Alto
For more information, go to the ROV website at www.sccvote.org.