Santa Clara County Measures: Results

With all precincts reporting, here are the results for Santa Clara County ballot measures:

Measure A – Santa Clara County – Sales Tax
Yes 56.27%; No 43.73%

Measure B – SC Valley Water District (Two-thirds required)
Yes 72.65% No 27.35%

Measure C – Palo Alto – Marijuana Dispensaries (Simple majority requiredj)
Yes 37.89%; No 62.11%

Measure D – San Jose – Minimum Wage (Simple majority required)
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San Mateo County Measures: Results

There were many school bond measures on the ballot across San Mateo County — as well as other questions.

Here are the results:

All precincts reported: 66% yes, 34% no

YES 76.2% NO 23.8%

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San Francisco Measures: Results

With one exception, all measures before voters in San Francisco passed. The exception is Measure F — the question of studying the possibility of draining Hetch-Hetchy.

Here are the complete results, with 100% of precincts reporting:

Measure A — City College Parcel Tax: 72% yes; 23% no

Measure B — Parks Bond: 72% yes; 28% no

Measure C — Housing Trust Fund: 65% yes; 35% no

Measure D — Consolidate Election: 83% yes; 16% no

Measure E — Gross Receipts: 71% yes; 29% no

Measure F — Drain Hetch-Hetchy: 23% yes; 77% no

Measure G — Citizens United: 81% yes; 19% no

The San Francisco Registrar of Voters has results on all issues and races, state and local, before San Francisco voters.

Not So Fast, California, Many Votes Still Uncounted

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If you followed our election night live blog, you saw reports from other news outlets predicting wins and losses for the state propositions. Hold your horses, folks. Mark DiCamillo, director of the non-partisan Field Poll, reminds us that there are still many outstanding (eg: mail-in ballots) that haven’t yet been counted.

“There could be as many as 2 million votes outstanding by the time all the votes are counted tonight,” said DiCamillo.

That means we’ll have to wait until Wednesday morning at the earliest for final results — potentially even later in the week.

With one exception: Proposition 38.

Molly Munger, the backer of the measure which would have raised taxes for K-12 education, gave a concession speech Tuesday night.

In the meantime, you can keep an eye on the Secretary of State’s site or the state proposition map included in our election coverage; and local county registrar pages for races important to you.

4 Ways You Know You’re in California on Election Day

A multilingual "Vote here" sign is displayed as a woman pushes a stroller out of the voting room at Christ Lutheran Church in Monterey Park, Los Angeles. FREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP/Getty Images

It can be disheartening to be a Californian on Election Day. Sure, California has 10 percent of the country’s total electoral votes. But it it often seems to get treated like an afterthought by the media. Pundits don’t use the same breathless excitement to describe the Golden State as they do, say, Ohio. And there’s typically no surprise as to which presidential candidate the state will support.

So it’s no surprise that California may have mixed emotions about today. We asked our Facebook followers how they know it’s election day in California. Here’s what they said.

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Voting Online: Only in Exceptional Circumstances — like Hurricane Sandy

Displaced voters who vote by email or fax must follow up with a mailed-in ballot. (Ho John Lee: Flickr)

Displaced voters who vote by email or fax must follow up with a mailed-in ballot. (Ho John Lee: Flickr)

Because so many New Jersey voters are displaced by Hurricane Sandy, government officials are permitting online or fax voting — with a back up paper ballot. Computer technology and voter security experts say the rest of us shouldn’t get too excited that we’ll have this option any time soon. As the Washington Post reports, security concerns are too significant for online voting to be implemented more broadly:

Researchers said there is little to stop anyone from creating new e-mail accounts under the names of residents of disaster-hit areas such as Atlantic City and pretending to cast votes for them.

“How do you know that person is really who they claim to be? If a server receives e-mail, how do you verify the authenticity of that voter? It’s a big challenge, particularly in an ad hoc situation like this,” said Ron Rivest, a professor of computer science at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

The Post further reports that displaced voters in New York will be permitted to cast a provisional ballot at any polling place, by order of Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

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Live Blog Preview: For First Time in Memory, A Dozen California House Races in Play

Twenty-term incumbent Pete Stark has a well developed get-outo-the-vote operation, but his opponent, Eric Swalwell, is capitalizing on Stark's reported negative attributes. (Photo: Cy Musiker)

It's been a rough re-election season for longtime incumbent Pete Stark. (Cy Musiker: KQED)

At one time, Nancy Pelosi eagerly lay in wait to retake her House speakership this election cycle. But it doesn’t look like that is going to happen. The U.S. Congressional generic ballot shows Democrats and Republicans are neck and neck, but the GOP currently holds a 50-seat advantage. The Democrats would have to gain 25 seats to take control.

Complicating things this year in California: redistricting completed by a citizens commission instead of the Democratic-controlled legislature that used to gerrymander their own; and the new “Top Two” primary system — which sent the two candidates with the most votes in the primary to the November election regardless of party affiliation. These changes have put a dozen seats in play, a far greater number than usual.

Tuesday night, KQED will follow what are expected to be the closest House races in California. They are:

Dan Lungren (R) vs. Ami Bera (D): 7th Congressional District

A rematch in what’s considered to be one of the tightest races in the country. KQED’s Tara Siler has been following the race. She reports:

Democrats really see an opportunity here to pick off a conservative Republican, and an incumbent at that. It’s attracted a lot of money, and it’s one of the most expensive races in the country. And a lot of it is being thrown at Lungren by these outside groups.

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A Snapshot of Bay Area Voters’ Experiences

A record number of Californians are registered to vote in Tuesday’s election, and we have invited you to let us know how your voting experience went. Many of you responded both online and by phone calls.

UPDATE 7: 39 p.m.: We’ve received nearly 100 submissions from voters throughout California. Here are some of their stories:

  • Elaine Connolly voted at Fire Station 26 in Castro Valley: “Night time, at the Lucille entrance no lights, no flags or bunting or signs to alert people of a voting place though it was being held in the gym. The volunteers weren’t helpful, gave me wrong directions, delays because I was put at wrong table which couldn’t communicate with the correct table. When asked to speak with the ‘boss’ was told she wasn’t in attendance, she’d gone.”
  • Debi Cortez voted on La Playa Street in San Francisco: “No wait at all the staff were smiling and greeted me as I came in. They seemed well organized and eager to help and very nice. They gave my granddaughter a sticker and she was excited.”
  • Michael Accinno voted at the Davis Senior Center: “I arrived at my polling station at 7:15 a.m. shortly after it opened, and there was little to no wait. I was in and out within 5 minutes- all in all, it was a breeze.”
  • Rachael Maier voted on California Street in San Francisco: “I was in and out in a matter of 10 minutes. The volunteers were nice, helpful, and really gracious when some not-so-pleasant voters tried giving them a hard time (‘Why is there no American flag out front? That’s WRONG!’)

Photo by Karl Jagbandhansingh

UPDATE 3:33 p.m.: From KQED’s Aarti Shahani: Karl Jagbandhansingh said he voted at Oakland’s Sojourner Truth Manor, 6015 Martin Luther King Jr Way. He said the only machine that counts ballots at this voting station stopped working around 12:45 p.m. One poll worker – who said he was the inspector – started stacking ballots on top of the machine. Jagbandhansingh said he saw the stack get knocked over and ballots strewn on the floor.

When Jagbandhansingh left, around 1:45 p.m., a woman who was the supervisor just began getting the counting machine to work.

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A sample of the online responses we’ve received so far:

  • Rebecca Petzel of San Francisco described her experience as “positive,” adding “No wait. Lots of space to accomodate many voters at once. I could take my time in the voting ‘booth’ without feeling like I was holding up other voters. Great job San Francisco!”
  • Tracy Anne Sena, also of San Francisco had quite a different experience. “As I was waiting to sign in, a poll worker was on the phone reporting that many of the names in the middle of the alphabet on the voter roll were missing. I didn’t ask a followup question as she was still on the phone as I finished voting. (Thankfully, I am an ‘S’ and not affected.)
  • Gayle Strang of Fremont said her polling place is “in my living room; I voted by absentee mail in ballot.” She says absentee voting gave her “time to research and discuss with my family.”

We also asked if voters experiences had been generally positive or negative. Our colleagues at KPCC have mapped the responses we received so far by polling place. The red markers are negative experiences, the green are positive experiences.

In addition, we had some compelling stories left by voicemail and you can listen here:

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How to Follow the Election on Twitter

Scott Beale/Laughing Squid

Twitter can be a great resource if you’re looking for the latest updates and perspective on today’s election. It can also be an incredibly frustrating source for news.

Throughout the day reporters, news organizations, politicians, voters and others will be sharing concise, up-to-the-second information about who’s winning, who’s losing and what it might mean for the country. All that chatter can create a lot of noise. Consider that more than 105,000 Tweets were being sent every minute at one point during the Oct. 22 presidential debate.

To help separate the wheat from the chaff KQED News created several resources for Twitter users looking for updates on the election — lists and hashtags we’ll be following today as we Tweet from @KQEDnews.

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Live Blog Preview: 9 Key U.S. Senate Races; Final Polls

Tonight we’ll be live blogging presidential results, U.S. Senate races, hotly contested House seats in California, propositions, select State Assembly results, and local contests around the Bay Area. Here’s a look at some races that could tip the balance between Democrats and Republicans in the Senate. Also see our presidential race live blog preview.

Senate in session, 1999. (CSPAN)

The Democrats currently hold a 53-47 advantage in the U.S. Senate, and conventional wisdom is they are going to maintain their majority after today’s election. And by conventional wisdom I mean that New York Times polling whiz Nate Silver (whom some people put more stock in than the metal silver, at this point), says there’s a 95.3 percent chance of that happening. On the other hand he also prognosticates the final Senate tally at 52.5 Dems, 47.5 GOP.  What’s that supposed to mean? Is it because Barbara Boxer’s 4’11”?

(Some Bay Area liberals, who have been complaining about Boxer’s centrist ways for years, might claim he’s talking about Dianne Feinstein — who is expected to coast to victory, by the way.)

Perhaps Silver’s referring to a presumed win by Angus King, the Maine independent, currently leading both his Democratic and Republican rivals in the polls. Maine is one of the seats in play. Here’s a look at all of the races that could have a significant influence on which party controls the Senate.

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