Election Day Guide for California and the SF Bay Area

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Today, voters decide on local, state and national races, whether it’s enshrining abortion rights in the California Constitution or whether San Francisco DA Brooke Jenkins should end her term after her nomination following the reminder of Chesa Boudin.

The Chronicle’s reporters and producers will be posting live updates throughout the day on local developments, state and country news and analysis on the many big issues at play in this election.

As with previous elections, we will analyze returns and call local races as returns come in. With all eyes across the country on the balance of power in Congress, this election could be particularly overwhelming for Californians to follow, as there are a slew of state measures and races to follow and much more at the level local in every county in the Bay Area.

Tonight, rest assured that you can stay informed of national, state and local racing news all in one place with our live coverage.

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Are you going to the polls today? Here is information about how to voteand you can bring with you The Chronicle Voter’s Guide to Key Races in the Bay Area and California. Our Editorial Board also weighed in with endorsements for local and national ballot measures and races.

Key races to watch

US Congress: Democrats face a particularly tough election cycle when it comes to congressional seats. California could be the deciding factor in the House with at least 10 competitive seats.

US Senate: Control of the Senate is a much tighter contest, with only four races — in Arizona, Georgia, Nevada and Pennsylvania — potentially determining the balance of power in the chamber.

Governor Races: Keep an eye out for governor races in three states. In Oregon, Oregon’s last Republican governor, Vic Atiyeh, was elected in 1978. But a Republican candidate, Christine Drazan, has had a slight advantage in the polls in recent weeks.

In Arizona, former Republican TV station Kari Lake, who pushed false conspiracies about the validity of the 2020 presidential election, is running against Democratic Secretary of State Katie Hobbs, who will oversee the election in her role current.

Georgia’s gubernatorial race is a rematch of the 2018 contest between now gubernatorial. Brian Kemp and Democrat Stacey Abrams. In that race, Abrams lost less than 60,000 votes in a case overseen by Kemp in his role as Secretary of State.

In California: Voters will decide on seven measures, including proposal 1, which seeks to enshrine the right to abortion in the California Constitution. And while there is no doubt that Prop. 1 will win, abortion rights advocates want him to win big.

They will also have to choose who will fill all the offices of the state of California, including the governor, attorney general and state comptroller. In the race for control, Republican Lanhee Chen has the best shot to win statewide office, something the GOP hasn’t done in California since 2006.

Learn more about what our political team pays attention to on Election Day.

In San Francisco: The highly anticipated DA race will confirm who ends Chesa Boudin’s term after he was recalled five months ago. The candidates include acting DA Brooke Jenkins, who helped lead the recall campaign and was nominated by Mayor London Breed. Find out how the six leading candidates answered six key questions.

Nearly nine months after the ousting of three school board members, six candidates are running for the vacant seats including Lainie Motamedi, Lisa Weissman-Ward and Ann Hsu, who were nominated by Mayor Breed.

Of them duel housing measures are on the ballot: Proposal D, supported by the mayor, which aims to shorten the approval time for eligible housing projects that are 100% affordable, and Proposal E, supported by the supervisor, which also aims to streamline the creation of affordable housing, but differs in detail from Prop. D.

The voters will decide the fate of JFK Drive without a car with two competing propositions: J would uphold the overseers’ prior vote to keep a stretch of road car-free in perpetuity, and I would reverse the vote. Prop. M would be impose a new tax on vacant homes in an effort to ameliorate the city’s housing shortage by putting more existing units on the market.

In Oakland: Ten candidates are vying to become the city’s next mayor in a race that started without a clear precursor and progressed with heavy outside spending and alliances being formed.

Sheng Thao and Loren Taylor, members of the Oakland City Council lead the peloton in the close race.

Other Notable Bay Area Races: In Contra Costa County, school board races for the Acalanes Union School District and the Lafayette School District produced similar coordinated campaigns between multiple candidates which have raised concerns among some parents that the groups are part of a nationwide movement to overthrow school boards. In Silicon Valley, voters in San Jose will choose their next mayor by a big-money, high-stakes and sometimes bitter contest.

Preferential voting… it’s complicated

Some Bay Area jurisdictions will use ranked voting, which allows an individual’s preferences beyond first choice to be considered in close races. It also eliminates the need for run-off elections for positions that require 50% of the vote.

In some San Francisco races, voters can rank each candidate for a race in order of preference. If a candidate does not receive a majority vote after tallying the first-choice votes, the ranked choice comes into play. The candidate with the lowest number of first-choice votes is eliminated and their votes are distributed to the second-choice candidate on the ballot. , and this process continues until a candidate obtains a simple majority of votes.

In Oakland, voters cannot rank all candidates, only their top five.

In the early election results, there will be two possible leaders at any given time: the one with the most first-choice votes and the one who will be leading in the first-choice votes if the election were to stop at that time. -the. Our election results page for SF will show the overall votes for first place, as well as the latest ranked pick results. It will also show exactly how the ranked choice votes were distributed round by round.

Live results

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