San Luis Obispo County voters go to their polling places today in the special election to fill the vacant 15th District state Senate seat.
Voters will chose a replacement for Abel Maldonado, the former senator who last spring was appointed to the lieutenant governor’s post.
Running in today’s election are Republican Assemblyman Sam Blakeslee of San Luis Obispo; Democrat and former Assemblyman John Laird of Santa Cruz; independent Jim Fitzgerald of Nipomo; and Libertarian Mark Hinkle of Morgan Hill.
Polling-place locations are printed on the back of each voter’s sample ballot or yellow notification card; many polling places have changed since the last election, so make sure to check. Polls will open at 7 a.m. and close at 8 p.m.
For more information about polling locations, call 781-5228 or go online to www.slocounty.ca.gov/clerk.
Absentee ballots must be returned by 8 tonight at any polling place or the county clerk-recorder’s offices in San Luis Obispo or Atascadero.
— Tad Weber