As voters head to the polls Tuesday to select three county supervisors, a mayor and city council members in Morro Bay, andcandidates for state and national office, and weigh in on a South County police station, San Luis Obispo County Clerk-Recorder Julie Rodewald is issuing some “helpful hints” for voters.
“We are hoping for at least a 50 percent turnout,” Rodewald said, “although without the presidential contests driving the turnout it may be lower.”
She predicted the turnout will be higher where there are contested races, such as the 3rd and 5th supervisory districts and the citiesof Morro Bay and Arroyo Grande.
Rodewald said there are 147,276 registered voters in San Luis Obispo County. Her office has issued 83,610 vote-by-mail ballots and as of Saturday night had received back 36,648.
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“We probably got another 1,500 to 2,000 today,” she said Monday morning. “We should have most of these counted for release tomorrow night.”
What's at stake in SLO County
Three county supervisor seats are on the ballot. In the 1st District, Frank Mecham is unopposed. In the 3rd District, incumbent Adam Hill faces a challenge from Ed Waage, and in the 5th District, incumbent Jim Patterson is seeking to hold off Debbie Arnold.
In Arroyo Grande, residents will decide whether to fund a new police station.
In Morro Bay, four candidates — Bill Yates, Carla Borchard, Jamie Irons and Joe Yukich — are running for mayor, while four others — Noah Smukler, Jim Hayes, Christine Johnson, and Joan Solu — are running for two seats on the City Council.
At the congressional level, incumbent Democrat Lois Capps faces challenges from Republicans Abel Maldonado and Chris Mitchum, as well as unaligned candidate Matt Boutté. The top two vote-getters will face off in November.
Because of redistricting, the winner of that race will represent all of San Luis Obispo County. Bakersfield Republican Kevin McCarthy’sdistrict no longer touches on the county.
At the state Senate level, Democrat Bill Monning faces Republican Larry Beaman and Republican Assemblyman Katcho Achadjian has a challenge from Democrat Gerald Manata.
In each of those contests, there are only two people on the ballot, which means that under the state’s new “top two” primary system, both will appear again in November.
Tips for voting in Tuesday's election
As to tips for voters, Rodewald made the following points:
- Check your polling place on the back of the sample ballot, or the back of the yellow notification card if you registered to vote after May 7. Many voters will have new polling places. For information, call 781-5228. Polling place locations are also listed on www.slovote.com.
- Be prepared. It is helpful, Rodewald said, to go to the polling place with the sample ballot already filled out.
- Look for down time. Don’t vote when there may be lines. The busiest times are 7 a.m. to 9 a.m., 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., and 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.
- No electioneering. “Leave the T-shirts, hats, and buttons at home,” Rodewald says. Wearing anything with a campaign slogan, including a button or pin, is prohibited by law within 100 feet of a polling place.
- Vote-by-mail ballots must be returned by 8 p.m. Tuesday.