Mail-in ballots will begin to go out to voters in Tuolumne and Calaveras counties next week.
Because of the Columbus Day holiday on Monday, when the post office and many other government offices will be closed, the first ballots will be mailed on Tuesday.
U.S. citizens age 18 and older have until Oct. 22 to register to vote in the Nov. 6 general election. A mail-in ballot may be requested up until Oct. 26.
Voters in both counties will cast their ballots for President of the United States, a U.S. Senate race, the 4th District representative in the U.S. House and 5th District California State Assemblyman.
A tally done Sept. 21 in Tuolumne County shows 31,228 registered voters, or 80 percent of those eligible. Among them, 13,321 (42.7 percent) are Republicans and 10,080 (32.3 percent) are Democrats. The remainder are registered as having no party preference or with one of the minor parties: Libertarian, Green, American Independent or Peace and Freedom.
A Sept. 7 count in Calaveras County showed 28,295 registered voters, 79.3 percent of those eligible. They include 12,128 (42.9 percent) Republicans and 8,808 Democrats (31.1 percent).
Local races to be decided in this election for Tuolumne County include District 1 and 5 county supervisors and positions on the Tuolumne Utilities District, Sonora Union High School District, Summerville Union High School District, Columbia Union School District, Curtis Creek School District, Soulsbyville School District, Summerville Elementary School District, Lake Don Pedro Community Services District and Columbia Fire District.
Local races in Calaveras County are for District 1, 2 and 4 county supervisors and positions in the Mark Twain Health Care District, San Joaquin Delta Community College District, Calaveras Unified School District, Bret Harte Union High School District and Vallecito Union School District.
Ballot measures to go before Tuolumne County voters are Measure G, a Groveland Community Services District parcel tax to support emergency medical services; Measure H, an $8 million bond for the Summerville Union High School District and Measure J, a $23 million bond for the Sonora Union High School District.
Calaveras County ballot measures are Measure B, the Calaveras County Abandoned Vehicle Abatement Program, which levies a $1 vehicle licensing fee each year; Measure C, which authorizes the Copperopolis Fire Protection District to spend up to $550,000 in property taxes collected each of the next four years and Measure D, which would increase a parcel fee in the Circle XX Community Services District by $100 annually to maintain and improve roads.
Ballots must be received at the county elections office by 8 p.m. on Nov. 6 to be counted. Ballots postmarked with that date but not received by the deadline will not be tallied.
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