11:45 p.m. A Few Notable Races in San Joaquin County
The office of the mayor is a full time job, but Silva says he won't take a paycheck until he's balanced the city budget.
Mayor Johnston had served two terms as a councilmember and one term as mayor.
10:19 p.m. Brown Remains Optimistic Prop. 30 Will Pass
9:52 p.m. School Bond Measures All Leading
8:40 p.m. Lungren Takes Early Lead in District 7
8:18 p.m. Ready to go on-air
6:29 p.m. Special Coverage Hosted by Beth Ruyak Starts at 8 p.m.
Tune-in or click-over to the Listen Live option for the News Channel for special election night coverage. NPR is providing national updates until 8 p.m., with state and regional coverage included.
At 8 p.m., Beth Ruyak will be hosting several in-studio guests, providing election results, news and analysis until 11 p.m. The scheduled guest include:
8 p.m. to 11 p.m.: Steve Boilard, director, Sacramento State's Center for California Studies
8 p.m. to 9 p.m.: Barbara O'Connor, former Director of the Sacramento State Institute for the Study of Politics and Media, and a nationally recognized expert in the fields of political communication and telecommunications policy and applications.
9 p.m. to 10 p.m.: Kim Nalder, Sacramento State Political Science Professor
NPR coverage resumes at 11 p.m., with BBC Overnight running from Midnight to 5 a.m., when NPR's Morning Edition starts its day.
2:18 p.m. Don't Mail It!
Voting by mail is more popular than ever this election. In Sacramento County, nearly 60 percent of registered voters are signed up to vote that way. As of Monday, county elections officials said they'd received about half of those ballots back, which means tens of thousands of voters are turning theirs in at the polls today. Elections officials want all of those folks to know that they should NOT put those ballots in the mail. They must drop them off at a polling place or at the County Elections office in order for them to get counted.
The voting by mail dynamic is not only changing the way candidates campaign, but how quickly counties can count some votes. The signatures on vote-by-mail ballot envelopes must be verified, and the envelopes must be opened. That takes additional time, so those mail ballots turned in today won't be counted until after the election. However, those voters who voted by mail early will have their ballots counted first. When that first set of results rolls out around 8:00 p.m., those are the early mail voters.
As more people turn their mail ballots in at the polls, the later we may have to wait to learn the outcome of tight races. This year, that could affect some Congressional races, as well as some of the propositions, particularly Governor Jerry Brown's tax measure, Prop. 30 and the measure to repeal the death penalty, Prop. 34.
10:45 a.m. Early activity update
10:15 a.m. Some numbers to get you started
The California Secretary of State sent along some numbers to get us started this election day, including these:
By the Numbers: California's November 2012 Election
18,245,970 - Californians registered to vote in the November 6 presidential election
24,491 - Precincts throughout the state's 58 counties
154 - Legislative and congressional seats up for election: 20 State Senate, 80 State Assembly, 1 U.S. Senate, 53 U.S. House of Representatives (Note: There is also a special primary election in the 4th Senate District, a seat that is scheduled for a regular election in 2014 but was vacated in September 2012.)
320 - Certified federal and state candidates on the ballot
9.1 million - Vote-by-mail ballots issued (as reported by county elections officials)
7 - Qualified political parties in California
3,820,545 - Voters registered with no political party preference (20.9% of registered voters)
7,966,422 - Voters registered with Democratic Party preference (43.7% of registered voters)
5,356,608 - Voters registered with Republican Party preference (29.4% of registered voters)
117 - Statewide initiatives approved by voters in the 100 years since direct democracy was established in California (Note: initiatives are one type of ballot measure www.sos.ca.gov/elections/elections_j.htm)
88.4 percent - Highest turnout percentage of registered voters in a presidential election (in 1964)
65.5 percent - Lowest turnout percentage of registered voters in a presidential election (in 1996)
28 - Days county elections officials have to complete vote-tallying and auditing
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