As usual, the Cambria Veterans Memorial Building will be election central on the North Coast on Tuesday, Nov. 4, as voters from Cambria, Harmony and San Simeon all cast ballots there — at least those who haven’t already voted by mail.
The polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. at the hall, 1000 Main St.
Once the polls close, North Coast voters once again might need a healthy dose of patience, according to representatives of the county’s Clerk-Recorder’s Office. Ballots from the northwestern corner of the county historically are among the last to arrive at Election Central, because they have to be delivered in person.
According to outgoing Clerk-Recorder Julie Rodewald, the Elections Division transmitted results via modem from 2000 to 2006, but procedures changed after Secretary of State Debra Bowen took office. So, Rodewald recalled, “we went back to driving the votes in to the San Luis office to be counted.”
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Local candidates on the ballots for the two consolidated voting districts include:
Cambria Community Services District: Incumbent Jim Bahringer, Richard Hawley, Jeff Hellman and incumbent Mike Thompson. Certified write-in candidates are Steve Kniffen and Jeff Walters.
Coast Unified School District: Incumbent Del Clegg and challengers Lesli Murdoch of Cambria and Michael Foster of Cayucos.
No elections are being held for seats on the Cambria Community Healthcare and San Simeon Community Services districts.
For the former, trustees are to be appointed in lieu of election, because there were three applicants (incumbents Robert “Bob” Putney and Michael McLaughlin, and retired analyst Mary Anne Meyer) for three seats.
In San Simeon, two seats are to be filled by appointment, because nobody applied by the Aug. 13 deadline. Incumbent Ken Patel applied too late, but he could be appointed by the Board of Supervisors, as could incumbent Ralph McAdams, who had planned to leave the board but agreed to stay on because nobody else applied.