It could take a while for votes to be counted. CA’s secretary of state explains why
The polls have been closed in California for a few hours, and precincts are reporting voting results. There are several races that were called almost immediately after the 8 p.m. closure of the ballot locations.
Now ballots for congressional, state and local races will be counted.
No rent control in California
Rent control proponents suffered a major defeat, as California rejected Proposition 10, the initiative that sought to give cities more power over local rent control laws.
Painted by backers as a critical tool for cities and counties across California to prevent massive rent increases and forestall tenant displacement in the middle of an unprecedented statewide housing crisis, the initiative sought to repeal the Costa-Hawkins Rental Housing Act, which sets strict limits on rent control across California.
It was losing 62 percent to 38 percent.
Issa predicts Democratic replacement
Outgoing Rep. Darrell Issa, R-San Diego, who is not seeking re-election, forecast before the polls opened Tuesday on Fox News that his seat will be taken by a Democrat, reported Politico. “Quite frankly we know the results already and there will be a Democrat representing La Jolla to Solana Beach for the first time in a number of years,” Issa said.
Democrat Mike Levin faces Republican Diane Harkey in the race to replace Issa in the House of Representatives, reported The Hill.
Levin had a 53 percent to 47 percent lead with 26 percent of precincts reporting at 10:20 p.m.
Newsom to take over for Brown
A handful of races look to be over just a half-hour after polls closed. Among the notable called races is California governor.
Democratic Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom — a former San Francisco mayor known for groundbreaking pushes on universal health care, gay marriage and legal marijuana — swept to victory in the race to replace Gov. Jerry Brown. Newsom’s election marks the first time in more than 130 years in which a Democrat succeeded another Democrat for the office.
Newsom will defeat San Diego businessman John Cox, a Republican who failed to make his case to voters that Democrats are to blame for the state’s deep affordability problems.
Television networks began calling the race for Newsom shortly after the polls closed at 8 p.m. He led Cox 56 percent to 44 percent as returns came in.
Feinstein wins another term
Democrat Dianne Feinstein won her bid for a fifth term representing California in the U.S. Senate, extending a career in California politics that began in 1969.
In early returns, Feinstein, 85, led fellow Democrat Kevin de León, a state senator three decades her junior, 52 percent to 48 percent, in a race that pitted experience vs. ideological purity.
CNN projected Feinstein’s win shortly after the polls closed.
Record turnout in Sacramento County?
Mirroring national and state trends, Sacramento voters turned out in record numbers for Tuesday’s election, but at many vote centers were stuck in line for hours waiting to cast their ballots.
County elections officials had processed more than 276,000 ballots as of midday Tuesday, the bulk of which were either mailed in or dropped off, spokeswoman Janna Haynes said.
Many who went to polling places didn’t find the voting process easy. Shortly after 7 p.m., Sacramento county elections officials reported long lines at some voting centers, including the California Museum, the Wackford Aquatic Complex in Elk Grove and on the Sacramento State University campus.
The largest local turnout in at least a decade was the 2016 general election, when 575,711 ballots were cast in Sacramento.
Democrats take House back
Fox News reported that the loss for the Republicans would deal “a major setback to President Donald Trump’s legislative agenda” and could possibly set the stage for an impeachment.
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, who earlier in the day was confident Democrats “will win” back control, could return to her former role as speaker of the House, should her party give the job to her.
Issue gives Stanislaus voters more time
A Stanislaus Superior Court judge was set to hold a rare hearing to address problems associated with polling places running out of envelopes for provisional ballots, a Democratic leader told The Modesto Bee on Tuesday night.
People wanting to cast provisional ballots were turned away from at least a dozen locations.
An attorney and leader in the Stanislaus County-area Democratic Party said the hearing was prompted when she filed an emergency motion after hearing repeated complaints of people having trouble with provisional ballots, which require an envelope to become official.
Car crash locks down polling place
A motorist crashed into a Bakersfield polling place and ran away, prompting police to lock down voting there, reported The Bakersfield Californian. Elections officials asked voters to avoid the William B. Bimat School District polling place until the lockdown’s lifted.
Voters can cast ballots at the main elections office at 1115 Truxtun Ave. or cast provisional ballots at another polling place, according to the publication. The California Secretary of State’s office has been notified the lockdown could affect the vote count, election officials said.
The polling place has since been reopened, The Bakersfield Californian reported.
Some people on Facebook have joking posted that people of the party opposite of theirs should vote Wednesday. The social media site didn’t find the act funny.
Bloomberg reported Tuesday evening that Facebook removed these types of posts. Also eliminated were claims of the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement looking for people at polling places. The social media site aimed to take down any false information that could hurt voter turnout.
Not this time
Amador County elections officials say “there’s no way” they will run out of ballots mid-election today as they did in the June primary, reported Capitol Public Radio.
“There shouldn’t be any shortage,” said Kimberly Grady, the county clerk-recorder, according to the station. Grady said the county ordered more ballots than the number of registered voters to ensure things go smoothly.
Election workers blamed larger-than-expected turnout for the shortfall in June, reported KXTV.
Three accused of vote fraud
Prosecutors in Kern County have accused three people of vote fraud, reported KERO.
Gilberto De La Torre, John Byrne and Fernando Osorio have been charged with misdemeanor voter fraud, according to the station. No further details were provided.
The charges stem from the 2016 election, reported The Bakersfield Californian. One of the accused, De La Torre, is a Bakersfield City Council candidate in today’s election.
Sporadic problems reported at polls
Voters reported sporadic problems Tuesday morning at Southern California polling places, including long lines, a jammed ballot box, a broken voting machine and other troubles, reported KABC. At one polling place, a worker with the roster of eligible voters had not arrived by 9 a.m., forcing voters to cast provisional ballots or return later, according to the station.
On the other hand, voters at one Los Angeles polling place were serenaded by a mariachi band, reported ABC News.
U.S. Attorney names election oversight chief
U.S. Attorney McGregor W. Scott named Matthew D. Segal, an assistant U.S. Attorney, to oversee complaints of election fraud and voter rights abuses in eastern California, according to a press release.
“Every citizen must be able to vote without interference or discrimination and to have that vote counted,” Scott said, according to the release. “Ensuring free and fair elections depends in large part on the cooperation of the American electorate. It is imperative that those who have specific information about discrimination or election fraud make that information available immediately to our office, the FBI, or the Civil Rights Division of the Department of Justice.”
Wrong ballots handed out
Some Kern County voters were mistakenly given ballots that did not include a key county supervisorial race, reported the Bakersfield Californian. A polling place at the Westside Church of Christ on Stockdale Highway gave out the wrong ballots for about 45 minutes Tuesday morning.
County elections chief Karen Rhea blamed a poll worker error but said the problem had been corrected, reported the publication.
Campaign office break-in decried
A Merced campaign office for Anna Caballero, a Democrat seeking election to the 12th District seat in the state Senate, was broken into Monday night, reported The Merced Sun-Star.
Bryan King, campaign manager for state Senate Democrats, said the break-in “speaks to the state of politics here — that people would go to this means and this far to try and take down a local campaign is unfortunate,” reported The Merced Sun-Star. King said computers with voter contact information, fliers, and other get-out-the-vote materials were stolen.
Caballero faces Republican Rob Poythress, a Madera County supervisor, in the race to replace Anthony Cannella, retired by term limits, reported the Associated Press. The race is considered key to an effort by California Democrats to regain a super-majority in the Legislature.
“There is no place for this kind of behavior in politics or in our community. Campaigns should be run and won on the issues and the hard work of candidates as determined by the voters. I condemn this kind of behavior,” Pythress said in a statement, reported CNN.