California’s primary election is Tuesday, June 7, 2016. Polls are open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Results will be available on Sacbee.com after the polls close.
Where to vote: Find your polling place
Polls open: 7 a.m.
Polls close: 8 p.m.
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Key races to watch
President: Surely you’ve heard by now, but for the record: The leaders are Hillary Clinton for the Democrats and Donald Trump for the Republicans. And Bernie Sanders says he’s still very much in the race.
June 1 Field Poll: Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders neck and neck in California
Something different: Jack Ohman’s best cartoons of Trump, Sanders, Clinton
Sacramento mayor: Darrell Steinberg – former president pro tem of the California state Senate – faces a serious challenge from Angelique Ashby, a popular Sacramento councilwoman from North Natomas.
U.S. Senate: Californians are picking a new senator for the first time since 1992. There are 34 candidates on the ballot, but the two most-watched are Democrats Kamala Harris, the state attorney general, and Loretta Sanchez, a veteran congresswoman from Orange County.
Marijuana: As the debate heats up on whether to expand the definition of legal marijuana use in California, the cities of Sacramento and Davis are asking residents to consider new taxes on pot-related businesses. Other counties are sparring over how to regulate production and sales.
Voter Guide: Know the candidates, issues before you vote. You can create your own ballot and even share your picks on Facebook.
Endorsements: The Sacramento Bee editorial board interviews the candidates and studies the issues. Check their recommendations.
Pick Your Candidate: See which candidates share your views.
PoliGRAPH: How true are those candidate ads and mailers?
The Money Trail: See fundraising, spending for candidates and ballot measures.
Tips for voting
Know the rules: Within 100 feet of a polling place, do not campaign for votes, wear campaign materials, coerce, influence, discourage or interfere with any voter. It’s illegal.
No party preference? This can be complicated, so here it is, straight from the secretary of state’s website: “Voters registered with no party preference can request a ballot with Democratic Party, American Independent Party, or Libertarian Party presidential candidates. No Party Preference voters who vote at the polls and wish to participate in a partisan presidential primary may request one of these ballots from a poll worker. No Party Preference voters can also bring their vote-by-mail ballot to an early voting location or to the polls on Election Day and exchange it for a ballot with presidential candidates from the Democratic Party, American Independent Party, or Libertarian Party. IMPORTANT: No Party Preference voters who do not request a partisan ballot, will receive a nonpartisan ballot with no presidential candidates.”
Have a vote-by-mail ballot? Drop it off at any polling place in your county on Election Day. Check the status of your vote by mail.
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