California’s Long-Awaited Primary Election Day is Here

Election Day is here. After more than a year of debates, town halls and rallies, Californians who haven’t already mailed in or dropped off their ballot have until 8pm to cast their vote in the presidential primary.

To find your polling place, click here or visit this Santa Clara County Registrar of Voters landing page for today’s primary.

This is a big day for San Jose, where voters will decide the fate of a cannabis measure, a tax measure and five City Council seats up for grabs.

The Voter’s Edge Guide offers a quick way to find out which candidates are on your ballot. Just click this link and enter your address. Meanwhile, here’s our rundown of council candidates, in case you missed it, and here’s another with national and state races.

Like in other presidential election years, today’s open primary comes after a surge in voter registration across the state. In the days leading up to the May deadline to register, close to 650,000 new voters were added statewide, according to Secretary of State Alex Padilla. As of Friday, nearly 18 million Californians registered to vote—a 760,000 bump from the 2012 presidential primary.

In this county, the number of registered voter reached nearly 789,000. Some 370,159 are registered Democrats, 166,599 Republican, 15,712 American Independents, 2,932 Green, 4,635 Libertarian, 1,805 Peace and Freedom and 226,219 no party preference.

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has already clinched enough delegates to secure the Democratic presidential nomination, according to some media reports, but neither she nor her opponent, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, have called the race. A huge number of new, young voters are expected to take part in the election, and both candidates think California could be a key state to officially securing the nomination.

Something to remember: voters registered with a political party can only vote in that party’s primary. Unaffiliated voters can ask for a Democratic, American Independent or Libertarian ballot—the only three parties that allow people with no party preference to take part. If you didn’t ask for the partisan ballot in time to get it by mail, you can still pick one up at any of the county’s 804 polling places.

To check your mail-in ballot online, click here. And here’s the link for provisional ballots.

The ROV will post updated results on its website, Election Resultsand on its Twitter account and Facebook page at 45-minute intervals until all precincts have reported. 

San Jose Inside will post results to local elections as they come in. Keep in mind, though, that delays in counting could require final counts in some races to show up the next day, or even days later.

Jennifer Wadsworth is the former news editor for San Jose Inside and Metro Silicon Valley. Follow her on Twitter at @jennwadsworth.


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