Voters can cast ballots today in 15th state Senate District race at county clerk's office

San Luis Obispo County voters can cast vote-by-mail ballots in the 15th state Senate District contest at the county clerk’s office today.

The clerk’s office will be open from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. to ensure that voters who may have trouble getting to the polls on Election Day on Tuesday can still vote. The office is in the County Government Center, 1055 Monterey St., Room D120, in San Luis Obispo.

The special election is to fill the 15th District seat vacated by Abel Maldonado when he became lieutenant governor in May.

Running are Sam Blakeslee, the Republican Assemblyman from San Luis Obispo; Democrat John Laird, a former Assemblyman from Santa Cruz; Jim Fitzgerald of Nipomo, an independent without party affiliation; and Mark Hinkle of Morgan Hill, a Libertarian.

To win the Senate seat, a candidate must get 50 percent of the votes, plus one. If no candidate reaches that threshold, a runoff will take place Aug. 17 between the top two finishers.

Polls are open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday for regular voting.

Those with questions can call the elections division at 781-5228.

The Senate district spans five counties from Santa Barbara to Santa Clara.