Today is the day candidates and voters have waited for to get out and have their voices heard.
Voters will have a chance to pick a winner for everything from Lodi City Council to the governor. In addition, there are seven state propositions on today's ballot.
Polls opened at 7 a.m. and close at 8 p.m.
A voter may return an absentee ballot by mail or in person to the San Joaquin County Election/Voters Registration Office in Stockton, or any polling place in San Joaquin County, by 8 p.m. today.
Any ballot that arrives after 8 p.m. on Election Day will not be counted, according to the elections office. A postmark on your absentee ballot return envelope before or on Election Day is not acceptable if the ballot arrives in the office after 8 p.m. on Election Day.
If you did not mail your voted absentee ballot and are unable to return it to the San Joaquin County Election/Voters Registration Office or a polling place in person, only your spouse, child, parent, grandparent, sister or brother can return your absentee ballot for you. Also, you and the person returning the ballot must complete and sign the appropriate sections on the absentee ballot return envelope.
You can also cast your vote at the appropriate polling place.
San Joaquin County
Voters in San Joaquin County will mark boxes for a new judge as well as a handful of state and federal legislative seats.
While the name that appears on the ballot for Superior Court judge is that of a candidate who was removed from office last August, voters are being asked to write in a candidate.
Because Judge Michael Platt was dismissed for willful misconduct in office after the printing of the ballots, his name remains listed as the only candidate that does not have to be written in.
Results of that race won't be available for 10 days to two weeks after the election because write-in ballots must be counted manually, according to the county elections office.
Additionally, Lodi voters will decide whether to increase the taxes charged to those who stay in the city's hotels.
Voters there will also get to pick three new City Council members.
Candidates include Brian Bader, John Beckman, Larry Hansen, Susan Hitchcock, Don Lindsay, JoAnne Mounce, David O'Connor and Phil Pennino.
In addition to the Lodi city election, there will be elections for three rural fire boards along with water and sewer boards in Woodbridge and Lockeford.
In the Woodbridge Sanitary District, which provides sewer service, incumbents George Cloud and Glenda Wall and challengers Doug Colucci, Mike Devencenzi and Dorsey Meyer Sr. go for three available seats. Incumbent James Agnew did not file for re-election.
In the Lockeford Community Services District, which is responsible for domestic water, sewer and parks, incumbents Chris Locke and John Pahl along with challengers Mike Henry, Eileen Indelicato and Janet Irons are seeking the three available seats. Incumbent Domenick Mondo is not seeking re-election.
Three northern San Joaquin County fire districts have contested elections to their boards of directors. In the Mokelumne Rural Fire District, which serves Victor and Lockeford, incumbents Gersh Rosen, Jim Tamura and Ron Valinoti and challenger Angela Manding are vying for three seats.
In the Clements Rural Fire Protection District, incumbent Deborah Miller and challengers Robert Buchwalter, Bill Conn, Jim Curtis and Glenn Thorns are competing for two seats. Incumbents Chet Pehl is not seeking re-election.
And, in the Liberty Rural Fire Protection District, which serves most of Acampo east of Highway 99, incumbent Theodore Leventini Sr. is being challenged by Julie Anna Ballard.
In the 10th Assembly District, which encompasses Lodi, Woodbridge, most of Acampo and portions of Sacramento County, Republican Alan Nakanishi of Lodi is competing against Democrat Katherine E. Maestas of Elk Grove.
In the 26th Assembly District, Democrat Tom Hallinan, of Modesto, is vying for the seat against Republican Greg Aghazarian, of Stockton.
The district includes Victor, Lockeford, Clements and Acampo east of Bruella Road.
Incumbent Richard Pombo, R-Tracy, hopes to keep his seat in the 11th Congressional District, which includes Lodi north to the San Joaquin County line, and portions of Contra Costa and Santa Clara counties. He is running against Democrat Elaine Dugger Shaw, of Danville.
For San Joaquin County voter information, visit http://www.co.san-joaquin.ca.us/elect/.
In Galt, voters will select three City Council members and board members for their fire district and two school districts. Voters will also have three local measures to consider.
The City Council race features eight candidates, including three incumbents - Mayor Bob Kraude and Councilmen Darryl Clare and Dan Pillsbury. Also seeking council seats are Thomas Malson, Teresa Pearson, Jonathan Rotondo, Rob Sealey and Randy Shelton.
A ninth candidate, Marylou Powers, is on today's ballot, but she has formally withdrawn from the race.
Two city ballot measures are also on the ballot, Measures Q and R. Both measures are designed to prevent future city councils from repealing or amending them without another vote of the people.
Measure Q adds stricter requirements to Galt's existing campaign contribution ordinance, while Measure R, which has divided the community, is a growth-management ordinance that would permit no more than 5 percent growth annually and restrict individual developers to about 77 building permits per year.
The Galt Fire Protection District, which covers 56 square miles in Galt and rural areas west, north and east of the city limits, has four candidates vying for two seats on the board of directors. The fire district also has Measure V, a parcel tax that would add firefighters to the force.
Fire board candidates are incumbent Dale Templeton and challengers Bob Dees, Guy Rutter and Michael Weaver. Incumbent Randy Shelton is giving up his seat to run for Galt City Council.
The Measure V parcel tax would be $72 per year for single-family homes. The tax would add two firefighters for each of the three 24-hour shifts along with equipment for the new firefighters. There would also be a tax on multifamily homes and businesses.
The Galt Joint Union High School District has incumbent Pat Maple and challengers Ben Cox Jr., Bob Ellis, Blake Rasmussen and Dennis Richardson squaring off for the three available board seats. Incumbents Jim Aschwanden and Ann Ullrich are not seeking re-election.
In the Galt Joint Union Elementary School District, incumbents Donna Fluty, Don Nottoli and Tina Skinner along with challenger Enrique Zamora are vying for three available seats.
Galt voters will also elect a congressman and assembly member today. In the 3rd Congressional District, incumbent Doug Ose, R-Sacramento, will face Howard Beeman, D-Fair Oaks, and Douglas Arthur Tuma, Lib-Antelope.
In the 15th Assembly District, voters will choose among two challengers, Donna Gerber, D-Walnut Creek, and Guy Houston, R-San Ramon. In addition to Galt, the 15th District includes, Thornton, Flag City and parts of Herald and the Delta.
Two Sacramento County measures, G and H, are also on Galt residents' ballots. Measure G would continue the county's 2.5 percent utility tax on bills for electricity, natural gas, land line telephone, cable TV and sewer. While Galt city residents will vote, the tax affects only unincorporated areas.
Measure H would continue the 12 percent charge on motels and hotels in unincorporated areas in the county.
For those who need to find out where to vote, call (916) 875-6451 or check the county's Web site at www.saccounty.net/elections/index.html.
If you don't know where to cast your ballot in San Joaquin County, go to www.co.san-joaquin.ca.us/elect and search by home address, or call the Office of Elections at 468-2885.
For information on state offices and initiatives, go to www.ss.ca.gov.
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