On Election Day, here’s what Inland Empire voters need to know – San Bernardino Sun

Election Day, which is Tuesday, Nov. 8, marks an end and a beginning.

It’s an end to the deluge of political ads swamping TV channels, mailboxes, text messages and social media. It’s also the start of a reshuffled political landscape with implications stretching from the halls of Congress to your city council or school board.

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Here’s what Inland Empire voters should know about the general election.

What’s on the ballot

Voters will decide who occupies statewide offices such as governor, U.S. senator and attorney general, seats in the U.S. House of Representatives, State Senate and Assembly, judgeships, county government offices and spots on city councils, school boards and water boards.

There’s also a host of statewide ballot measures, including a constitutional amendment protecting the right to abortion and contraceptives and dueling measures on sports betting. Some voters will be asked to approve local ballot measures dealing with taxes and bonds among other topics.

Polls are open

Polls throughout California will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. You can still vote if you’re in line when polls close.

In San Bernardino County, in-person voting will take place at neighborhood precincts. But in Los Angeles and Riverside counties, voters will head to a smaller number of vote centers.

If there’s some issue with your registration, you’ll be asked to fill out a provisional ballot. Your ballot will be counted after election workers determine you’re eligible to vote.

You can track your ballot online at wheresmyballot.sos.ca.gov and check your voter registration status at voterstatus.sos.ca.gov.

Vote by mail

More than 438,000 voters in Riverside and San Bernardino counties won’t be going to the polls Tuesday.

That’s the number of voters in those counties who returned mail-in ballots as of Monday, Nov. 7. Every California registered voter received one, and they’ll count as long as they’re postmarked on or before Election Day and received by Nov. 15.

If you’d prefer not to vote in person or mail in your ballot, you can deposit it in an official ballot drop box until 8 p.m. To find a drop box location, visit www.lavote.gov (LA County), www.voteinfo.net (Riverside County) or www.sbcountyelections.com (San Bernardino County).

You also have until 8 p.m. to drop off your mail-in ballot at a polling place or a registrar of voters office (12400 Imperial Highway, Norwalk in LA County; 2724 Gateway Drive, Riverside in Riverside County and 777 E. Rialto Ave., San Bernardino in San Bernardino County).

Wait for results

County registrars and the California Secretary of State will start posting online election results not long after polls close. But don’t expect every race to be decided Tuesday night.

With the extended deadline for mail-in ballots and the prospect of high voter turnout, it’s likely we won’t know the outcome of tight races for days. That’s not proof of fraud. It’s how California elections have worked for decades.

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