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How to check if your vote is counted in California

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With postal delays expected this election as California conducts more widespread mail-in voting than ever before, many voters are anxious about their ballots being received on time — and counted.

This year, California rolled out a new tool: WheresMyBallot.sos.ca.gov. It lets voters track their mail ballot from the point it’s sent to them until it’s been accepted and counted by their local elections office.

The site will also let you sign up for email, text or phone call updates on your ballot’s status.

If you haven’t yet mailed your ballot, should you take it directly to a polling location? Not necessarily. This year in California, mail-in ballots postmarked by Election Day will still be counted as long as they are received by Nov. 20 — or 17 days after Election Day, compared to the usual three.

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Voter assistance centers open Saturday

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With the conclusion of balloting for the Nov. 3 presidential election just days away, voter assistance centers throughout Stanislaus County - including Newman - will open their doors Saturday

Election officials encourage voters to mail or deliver their ballots early rather than waiting until the Election Day deadline.

Many already have, according to Donna Linder, Stanislaus County Registrar of Voters.

She said that 87,639 ballots had been received as of Friday - nearly 42,000 more than had been received at the same point in the 2016 presidential election. Stanislaus County had 279,638 registered voters as of Saturday, she told Mattos Newspapers.

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Supervisor, OID Posts To Be Contested In Fall

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Though it is still classified as an ‘unofficial candidate list’ the races appear to be set for some local offices in November. The list was released Thursday through the Stanislaus County Registrar of Voters office.

Stanislaus County Supervisor District 1 – which includes both Oakdale and Riverbank – will see a battle for the post between fire captain Matthew ‘Buck’ Condit and councilman/small businessman Bill Zoslocki. Current Supervisor Kristin Olsen is not running for re-election.

Two positions are coming available on the Oakdale Irrigation District Board. Division 1 will feature a race between retired irrigation manager Ed Tobias and American Veterans First non-profit CEO Donald ‘Duke’ Cooper. Incumbent Gail Altieri is not seeking re-election. In Division 2, the race will pit incumbent Linda Santos against retired automotive technician Henry Dotinga.

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Annexation proposal goes to voters

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NEWMAN - The fate of a proposed 121-acre annexation of land earmarked primarily for commercial and business park uses rests in the hands of registered voters within the affected area.

Stanislaus County Registrar of Voters Donna Linder advised Mattos Newspapers Thursday that there are currently 47 active voters eligible to vote on the measure.

The proposed annexation represents the first phase of the planned Northwest Newman project, a roughly 360-acre mixed plan that includes commercial, business park, residential and other land uses.

The proposed annexation area is west of Highway 33 from the northern city limits to Stuhr Road. The affected area extends slightly past Fig Lane to the west.

The Stanislaus Local Agency Formation Commission (LAFCO) approved the annexation in October, but a sufficient number of protests were lodged by registered voters within the area to require the current election.

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