Vote 2018

PALMDALE — Polls are open today from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. for Antelope Valley citizens to vote for California state offices, including governor and Assembly, 11 state measures including a repeal of the gas tax, Congressional seats, California City and Palmdale mayor and council seats, Antelope Valley Hospital’s Measure H, Palmdale Water District and several local School Boards, plus bond measures for Acton-Agua Dulce Unified School District and Wilsona School District.

Individual voters’ designated polling places are marked on the sample ballots that are mailed to their homes.

Los Angeles County voters who are not sure where to cast their ballots should visit www.lavote.net or call 800-815-2666.

Kern voters can go to elections.co.kern.ca.us/elections or call 661-868-3590 or 800-452-8683.

Voters who go to a polling place other than their designated one will be allowed to vote, but they must use a “provisional” ballot, which have been used in California since 1984.

“Provisional” ballots are counted after election officials confirm the person is registered to vote in that county and has not voted early, voted at another polling place or sent in a mail-in ballot.

Voters who requested a mail-in ballot before the election but never returned it must vote by provisional ballot if they go to their regular polling place and don’t have a vote-by-mail ballot to turn in.

Newly registered voters also must vote by provisional ballot if they don’t have identification to show to precinct workers.

In past elections, about 85% to 90% of provisional ballots were valid and counted, Los Angeles County election officials said.

More than 17,000 registered voters in Los Angeles County took advantage of early voting opportunities the weekends of Oct. 28 and 29 and Nov. 3 and 4.

Mail-in ballots can be dropped off at any polling place. Under a 2014 state law, any mail-in ballot that is postmarked by Tuesday and received by election officials by Friday will be counted toward the final election results.

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