Local Elections

Polls open 7 a.m.-8 p.m.: What you need to know before you vote

University of California, Davis student Lorraine Ye puts on her "I Voted" sticker after casting her vote on campus in Davis, Calif. on Tuesday, November 6, 2012.
University of California, Davis student Lorraine Ye puts on her "I Voted" sticker after casting her vote on campus in Davis, Calif. on Tuesday, November 6, 2012. apayne@sacbee.com

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.

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 6: AP count: Clinton has delegates to win Democratic nomination

June 1 Field Poll: Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders neck and neck in California

May 26: Over the top: Trump sews up delegates to seal GOP nomination

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.

Get up to speed: Darrell Steinberg says he’s ‘all in’ to become Sacramento mayor and Ashby fights from underdog spot in Sacramento mayor’s race

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.

Get up to speed: Kamala Harris picks her fights as criminal justice crusader and Does Loretta Sanchez have what it takes to be California’s senator?

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.

Get up to speed: Marijuana businesses line up behind Sacramento tax initiative and Northern California counties battle over June 7 marijuana measures


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.

Contact your county elections office for more information: Sacramento, El Dorado, Placer, Yolo, Amador, Sutter, Yuba, San Joaquin

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Presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump spoke to supporters at a hangar at Sacramento International Jet Center on June 1, 2016.

Over 9,000 people listened to Democratic Presidential candidate Bernie Sanders at a rally at UC Davis, Wednesday, June 1, 2016 before the California primary that year.

Speaking to supporters in Oakland, Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton criticizes Donald Trump's deportation plan.