SACRAMENTO (CBS13/AP) — The latest Election Day news from around the greater-Sacramento region:
Check the latest California election results, county by county, here.
Sacramento County officials say they estimate a had record year of voter turnout.
The Sacramento County Voter Registrars Office says they have counted a total of 342,756 ballots so far.
Some 359,244 ballots remain to be counted, officials say. Further, ballots that have been postmarked by Nov. 3 will be counted as long as they are received within the next 17 days.
With those numbers, the county estimates that voter turnout is about 80 percent – a new county record.
Republican Doug LaMalfa wins reelection to U.S. House in California’s 1st Congressional District, AP projects.
Stockton Mayor Michael Tubbs is projecting confidence as he continues to lag behind in votes.
As of mid-morning on Wednesday, challenger Kevin J. Lincoln II has 51.71 percent of the votes to Tubbs’ 48.29 percent.
Tubbs received national recognition after Stockton implemented one of the first universal basic income program for some residents.
On Wednesday, Tubbs tweeted a short statement to reassure his supporters.
“Progress comes at a price. Change is hard. Fret not. Stay calm. And let all the votes be counted,” Tubbs wrote.
The San Joaquin County registrar is expected to release more results by 10 a.m. Wednesday.
As California wakes up to a still undecided presidential election, Gov. Gavin Newsom took to Twitter to reassure voters.
The governor quickly issued a rebuke of Pres. Donald Trump’s call to halt vote counting.
“Elections end when — and only when — every vote is counted,” Newsom tweeted early late Election Night. “We have a legal and moral obligation to take the time to count every vote and ensure a winner is legitimately and democratically elected — free of partisan pressure or premature speculation.”
On Wednesday morning, Newsom again appeared to address the issue in a tweet.
Patience is more than a virtue today — it’s a necessity. We got this.
— Gavin Newsom (@GavinNewsom) November 4, 2020
“Patience is more than a virtue today — it’s a necessity. We got this,” Newsom wrote.
According to the AP, about 64 percent of the expected vote has been counted in California as of Wednesday morning.
Democrat Ami Bera has won reelection to the U.S. House in California’s 7th Congressional District. He defeats Republican challenger Buzz Patterson.
It has been a safe election so far for Northern California’s incumbent U.S. House members. Along with Harder and Bera, Democrats Doris Matsui, Jerry McNerney and Mark DeSaulnier all have been declared the winner.
For the north state’s two GOP representatives, no winner has been declared in Doug LaMalfa and Tom McClintock’s races – but both appear to have comfortable leads over their Democratic challengers as of Wednesday morning.
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Democrat Josh Harder won reelection to U.S. House in California’s 10th Congressional District.
Californians rejected several propositions Tuesday night, including a measure that would have allowed cities to expand rent control, Proposition 21. Additionally, Proposition 20, which would have blunted criminal justice changes designed to ease mass incarceration by reducing penalties and allowing for earlier release was rejected along with Proposition 23, the state requirement for kidney dialysis.
Voters did pass Proposition 17, which will change the state Constitution to allow an estimated 50,000 felons to vote, and Proposition 22, which allows Uber, Lyft, other app delivery services to keep drivers classified as independent contractors.
The other propositions were too close to call Tuesday night.
The current mayors in Elk Grove and Stockton may lose their seats after the election. Both races are showing the incumbents trailing behind their opponents.
Elk Grove Unified Trustee Bobbie Singh-Allen appears to be taking the lead over incumbent Mayor Steve Ly. Singh-Allen is leading by nearly 5,000 votes over Ly.
In Stockton, Mayor Michael Tubbs is trailing a few hundred votes behind his opponent Kevin J Lincoln II.
Officials have not counted all of the ballots yet, and there has not been a winner declared in either race.
With nearly half of California precincts reporting, here are the latest results on some California Propositions.
California voters have rejected a ballot measure to require a doctor or highly trained nurse at each of California’s 600 dialysis clinics. With more than 9 million votes tallied Tuesday, Proposition 23 had just 37% of votes. It drew more than $110 million in spending. Opponents, financed by dialysis clinic companies, say it would mandate that between two and three doctors at every facility, creating a financial burden that could lead some clinics to close.
Proposition 23 was the second attempt by unions representing health care workers to increase the regulation of dialysis clinics in California.
Voters appear split on a pair of propositions, 17 and 18, that would expand voting rights in the state.
In early returns, Measure A is trailing 57%-42% in Sacramento. If passed, the Strong Mayor proposal would overhaul the city’s charter, giving more power to the mayor’s office.
On Tuesday, Mayor Darrell Steinberg spoke with CBS13 about the ballot measure.
“I am very optimistic about Measure A. I believe it’s the right thing for the city. We should modernize our government to meet the great challenges and opportunities we face in our city. I didn’t think I would want to take on this battle, but I’m glad I did,” Steinberg said.
Sacramento Strong Mayor (Measure A) First Results: TRAILING 57%-42% pic.twitter.com/c0y16QVrCB
— stevelarge (@largesteven) November 4, 2020
See the latest California election results, county by county. https://sacramento.cbslocal.com/races-by-county-2020-general-election/
The polls are closed in California while some voters are still waiting in line to cast their ballots.
As counties begin to process their votes, CBS News projects that Joe Biden won California.
— CBS News (@CBSNews) November 4, 2020
With less than an hour until the polls close, there are still long lines at voting centers around the greater-Sacramento region. Voters who are in line by 8 p.m. will still be allowed to cast their ballot.
In Sacramento County, some locations are seeing surges of in-person voting while other centers, like the Golden 1 Center, have been fairly empty all day.
— Marissa Perlman (@MPerlmanNews) November 4, 2020
In San Joaquin and Stanislaus counties, there are several voting centers with lines wrapped around buildings.
Some supporters of President Trump have gathered for a rally at the State Capitol in downtown Sacramento.
Officials have confirmed multiple instances of electioneering in Citrus Heights Tuesday. Both incidents ended peacefully.
Sacramento County spokesperson Janna Haynes said the first instance happened around 11 a.m. at the Citrus Heights City Hall. A woman was reportedly telling people to take off their masks and to chant “Trump.” Because the woman was within 100 feet of the voting center, she was violating the electioneering code. Citrus Heights police were called after poll workers asked the woman multiple times to move beyond 100 feet, and officials say she moved before officers arrived.
The second incident happened later in the afternoon. Citrus Heights police confirm two men were standing outside a different vote center wearing Trump t-shirts. Officials asked the men to leave and they complied.
In the third instance of electioneering, officials said men wearing Trump gear set up chairs in the parking lot of the Citrus Heights Community Church and drank non-alcoholic beer. The men reportedly heckled voters and were asked to leave.
Haynes said officials believe the same men created a disturbance at the Orangevale Parks and Recreation building by drinking and pouring non-alcoholic beer inside.
Sacramento County elections officials are warning that some vote centers are seeing very long lines.
The following in-person voting sites, as of early Tuesday afternoon, are reporting long lines: Sylvan Oaks Library, Hillsdale Baptist, Depot Building, Koreana, APAPA, Citrus Heights Fellowship, Orangevale CC, South Natomas Library, Robertson CC, University of Phoenix and the North Highlands-Antelope Library.
Please use alternative locations near these. For a full list of locations visit the website: https://t.co/vzRlYiIBcU
— Sacramento County (@SacCountyCA) November 3, 2020
People are being urged to use alternative sites that are near those voting centers.
A full list of voting sites can be found on the Sacramento County website: https://elections.saccounty.net/votecenters/pages/locations.aspx.
There are more than 84 vote centers and 58 ballot drop boxes across Sacramento County.
At Sacramento County Elections Office. Lines about 45 minutes long to cast ballot here right now. pic.twitter.com/2ha6tryQlF
— stevelarge (@largesteven) November 3, 2020
An election worker at the Escalon Voter Service Center has tested positive for coronavirus, officials say.
The San Joaquin County Registrar of Voters confirmed the positive test, saying that they were informed of the positive test on Tuesday morning before polls opened.
Officials say the voter service center where the person has been working was still open by 7 a.m. for voters to drop off ballots. In-person voting at the center also reopened by 8:30 a.m. after a deep cleaning of the facility.
A total of 16 staff members identified as having worked with the person who tested positive are now under quarantine.
Like many NBA arenas around the country, the Golden 1 Center has been transformed into a polling place for Election Day.
Spurred by the players’ social justice drive as the season resumed after being delayed due to the outset of the coronavirus pandemic, several arenas are serving as temporary voting centers.
Had to take my car to the shop this morning for an emergency issue. So I jogged 2 miles to the Vote Center at @Golden1Center. Took me less than 20 minutes to run and less than 10 minutes to vote. No line. Reminding me it’s a damn shame what some have to go through to participate. pic.twitter.com/vRtRR9tBWm
— Marshall Harris (@mharrisonair) November 3, 2020
The large space allows for social distancing guidelines to be easily enforced.
Golden 1 Center will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m., like all polling places, on Tuesday. Free parking is available in the Downtown West Garage for voters.
Californians who received vote-by-mail and have yet to deliver them can drop them off at a polling place or ballot drop box on Tuesday.
It’s officially Election Day! If you haven’t yet mailed in or dropped off your completed Vote by Mail ballot, swing by one of our 58 Ballot Drop Boxes. Want to vote in person? Visit any of our 84 Vote Centers. Find your closest Ballot Drop Box/Vote Center:https://t.co/vzRlYiIBcU pic.twitter.com/2CfwXxKzji
— Sacramento County (@SacCountyCA) November 3, 2020
Still, the California voter registrar’s office says vote-by-mail ballots will be counted if they are postmarked on or before Election Day and are received by the county elections office at the most 17 days later.
Ballot drop-off boxes will be open only until 8 p.m. on Tuesday, the same time polling places will close to anyone not already in line.
The polls are now open for in-person voting in California.
Gov. Gavin Newsom started his morning with a tweet, writing “Every last vote must be counted.”
Every last vote must be counted.
— Gavin Newsom (@GavinNewsom) November 3, 2020
Notably, California is one of several states in the nation where voters can register in person at a polling place. People who have yet to vote or weren’t registered can show up to their polling place, register and vote.
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Newsom also reminded Californians heading to polling places to bring a mask due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The polls in California will close at 8 p.m., but people who were in line by then are urged to stay in line as they will still be able to vote.