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Editorial: Return those ballots

Your guide on voting in Palo Alto this Super Tuesday, plus our recommendations on local races and measures

Next Tuesday's early California primary election puts voters in a position to have an unprecedented impact on the Democratic presidential race. More than a third of the total pledged convention delegates will be selected next week in 15 states and territories.

In the presidential race, voters may only choose from their own party's candidates. Voters registered as No Party Preference (previously called Decline to State) may go to any vote center in the county (see below) through Super Tuesday and request a presidential ballot for either the Democratic, Libertarian or American Independent parties. (Only registered Republican, Peace and Freedom and Green party members may vote in their respective presidential primary.)

In state legislative races, however, California's open primary system means that all voters, regardless of party affiliation, will be able to choose from the entire field of candidates, with the top two finishers running off in the November general election, even if they are from the same party and even if one candidate receives more than 50% of the vote.

If you are qualified to vote (you are 18, a U.S. citizen, live in California and are not in prison or on parole from a felony ) but have not yet registered, you can register up until the polls close at 8 p.m. Tuesday, March 3, at any vote center and cast a ballot.

Voters who received ballots in the mail can return their ballots by mail (postmarked no later than primary election day) or drop them off at official ballot drop boxes or any vote center. The following Palo Alto vote centers are open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Sunday and Monday, and from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Super Tuesday:

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• Cubberley Community Center Gym.

• Mitchell Park Community Center.

• Palo Alto Art Center Auditorium.

• Ventura Community Center.

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The Palo Alto Weekly recommends the following candidates and ballot measure positions.

Please vote!

House of Representatives

Anna Eshoo (D) (Incumbent)

State Senate

Mike Brownrigg (D)

(See editorial published on Feb. 14 here)

State Assembly

Marc Berman (D) (Incumbent)

Santa Clara County Supervisor

Joe Simitian (Incumbent)

Measure G (Foothill-De Anza College District)

$898 million bond measure

YES

(See editorial published on Feb. 21 here)

Measure H (Foothill-De Anza College District)

$48 per year parcel tax measure

YES

State Proposition 13

School Facility Bonds

YES

Related content:

• Election Central: Watch video interviews and a debate of the state Senate candidates and read in-depth profiles and a chart comparing their views on top issues here.

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Editorial: Return those ballots

Your guide on voting in Palo Alto this Super Tuesday, plus our recommendations on local races and measures

by / Palo Alto Weekly

Uploaded: Fri, Feb 28, 2020, 6:48 am

Next Tuesday's early California primary election puts voters in a position to have an unprecedented impact on the Democratic presidential race. More than a third of the total pledged convention delegates will be selected next week in 15 states and territories.

In the presidential race, voters may only choose from their own party's candidates. Voters registered as No Party Preference (previously called Decline to State) may go to any vote center in the county (see below) through Super Tuesday and request a presidential ballot for either the Democratic, Libertarian or American Independent parties. (Only registered Republican, Peace and Freedom and Green party members may vote in their respective presidential primary.)

In state legislative races, however, California's open primary system means that all voters, regardless of party affiliation, will be able to choose from the entire field of candidates, with the top two finishers running off in the November general election, even if they are from the same party and even if one candidate receives more than 50% of the vote.

If you are qualified to vote (you are 18, a U.S. citizen, live in California and are not in prison or on parole from a felony ) but have not yet registered, you can register up until the polls close at 8 p.m. Tuesday, March 3, at any vote center and cast a ballot.

Voters who received ballots in the mail can return their ballots by mail (postmarked no later than primary election day) or drop them off at official ballot drop boxes or any vote center. The following Palo Alto vote centers are open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Sunday and Monday, and from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Super Tuesday:

• Rinconada Library.

• Cubberley Community Center Gym.

• Mitchell Park Community Center.

• Palo Alto Art Center Auditorium.

• Ventura Community Center.

The Palo Alto Weekly recommends the following candidates and ballot measure positions.

Please vote!

House of Representatives

Anna Eshoo (D) (Incumbent)

State Senate

Mike Brownrigg (D)

(See editorial published on Feb. 14 here)

State Assembly

Marc Berman (D) (Incumbent)

Santa Clara County Supervisor

Joe Simitian (Incumbent)

Measure G (Foothill-De Anza College District)

$898 million bond measure

YES

(See editorial published on Feb. 21 here)

Measure H (Foothill-De Anza College District)

$48 per year parcel tax measure

YES

State Proposition 13

School Facility Bonds

YES

Related content:

• Election Central: Watch video interviews and a debate of the state Senate candidates and read in-depth profiles and a chart comparing their views on top issues here.

Comments

Gary
Mountain View
on Mar 1, 2020 at 10:15 am
Gary, Mountain View
on Mar 1, 2020 at 10:15 am
8 people like this

Anyone hoping to unseat Donald Trump better hope delegates in CA do not all go to Bernie Sanders. In order to get any delegates, a Primary candidate must receive either 15% of the votes statewide or 15% in a congressional district. The much larger pool of delegates is awarded by congressional district. Bernie now has 57 of 1991 delegates needed to win on the first ballot at the convention. Support your candidate - even if Sanders. It is far from over. Joe Biden is very vulnerable. Trump and Putin may be laughing.


Putin's smile broadens
The Greenhouse
on Mar 1, 2020 at 10:41 am
Putin's smile broadens, The Greenhouse
on Mar 1, 2020 at 10:41 am
2 people like this

Bernie and Joe both have ~2% of the delegates needed, with Sanders *currently* having an inconsequential lead. This will change in two days.

True, 2nd place candidates in CA need to break the 15% threshold to garner CA delegates. Recent polling suggests both Liz and Joe are hovering at 14-15%. Do with it what you may. My partner is regretting her early vote for Amy as wasted. I'm reconsidering my vote to choose one of the three. (fwiw, I'd of been happy to cast my vote with Kamala, Cory, Julian or Pete.)

However it works for you, we can't complain that our primary votes are useless, as in years past!

May God Bless America. Please protect her by voting. (fyi: under-publicized, but the SC primary yesterday had near record turnout!)

......

"Trump and Putin may be laughing"

Wrong - they *are* laughing, for different reasons.

Trump is laughing because he's a narcissistic idiot who (deep down, like most of us,) still can't believe he won. Putin is laughing because he's one of the reasons Trump won, and is still interfering in the 2020 election and Trump won't stop him. Putin must wake up with a smile every day.

NYT: "Lawmakers Are Warned That Russia Is Meddling to Re-elect Trump

A classified briefing to House members is said to have angered the president, who complained that Democrats would “weaponize” the disclosure."

Putin's smile broadens.


Gary
Mountain View
on Mar 2, 2020 at 8:32 pm
Gary, Mountain View
on Mar 2, 2020 at 8:32 pm
1 person likes this

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method to madness
Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Mar 3, 2020 at 4:06 am
method to madness, Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Mar 3, 2020 at 4:06 am
1 person likes this

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