Most of us have yet to vote in San Luis Obispo County — or, at least, to mail in our ballots.
As of Friday afternoon, the San Luis Obispo County Elections Office had received 44,816 ballots. That’s 42 percent of the 107,602 ballots that were mailed to registered voters. For the record, about two-thirds of the county’s 155,804 registered voters now receive such vote-by-mail ballots — a record high.
But there’s still plenty of time to vote.
If you have a vote-by-mail ballot, be sure to postmark it by Tuesday, or personally deliver it by 8 p.m. Tuesday to any polling place or to the Elections Office at 1055 Monterey St. in San Luis Obispo or at 6565 Capistrano Ave. in Atascadero. (Vote-by-mail ballots that are postmarked on or before Election Day and received by the Clerk-Recorder within three days after the election are eligible to be counted.)
If you vote at the polls, show up at your polling place on Tuesday between 7 a.m. and 8 p.m.
With so much riding on this election, we believe your voice deserves to be heard.
Here’s a recap of The Tribune’s endorsements in local races:
1st District SLO County Supervisor: Steve Martin
Martin, mayor of Paso Robles, has experience in elected office and an impressive record of community involvement. With the departure of Frank Mecham, the County Board of Supervisors needs a moderate member to bridge the divide between conservative and liberal supervisors. Martin has the integrity, the intelligence, the courage and compassion to carefully consider every issue and to render an independent judgment.
3rd District SLO County Supervisor: Adam Hill
Hill, the incumbent, is experienced, a realist who looks for solutions, and we believe that makes him the strongest candidate. He recognizes that resources and infrastructure are necessary to support additional development, for example, and he is upfront about what it will take to manage the Paso Robles groundwater basin. On a board that leans conservative, his more liberal voice assures all points of view are considered.
5th District SLO County Supervisor: No endorsement
24th Congressional District: Katcho Achadjian and Helene Schneider
Of all the candidates seeking to replace the retiring Lois Capps, Achadjian, a Republican, stands out as the most experienced. Before his election to the state Assembly, he served three terms on the San Luis Obispo County Board of Supervisors, where he earned a reputation for his ability to broker compromises between liberals and conservatives. He’s a reasonable politician who’s willing to cross the aisle and to take positions unpopular with his base. He is also a tireless public official who makes constituent service a priority.
Schneider, the Democratic mayor of Santa Barbara, has experience in local government and is familiar with issues that we face in San Luis Obispo County. She is an independent thinker who will fight hard for programs and policies that benefit the 24th District. We need more of that in Washington, D.C.