Ballots for the June 7 election were mailed out to Yolo County voters last week and, as has been the case for the last couple of elections, voters will have many options for returning them.
The county is replacing its traditional polling places with 13 vote centers and placed 15 ballot drop boxes throughout the county.
All active registered voters were sent ballots and those boxes are available now for depositing completed ballots.
In Winters, the ballot drop box is located inside of Lorenzo’s Market (121 E Grant Ave.) daily from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Additional drop boxes are located in Esparto, West Sacramento, Davis and Woodland. Visit https://www.yoloelections.org/voting/polling_place for locations and hours.
Voters can also return their completed ballots via the postal service.
Additionally, on Saturday, May 28, vote centers will open for 11 days at the Veterans Memorial Center multipurpose room, 203 E 14th St., in Davis; West Sacramento City Hall, 1110 W Capitol Ave.; and the Yolo County Administration Building, Room 106, at 625 Court St.
Hours at those locations will be 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. between May 28 and June 6 and from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Election Day.
Ten more vote centers will open on Saturday, June 4, and remain open for four days.
In Winters, the vote center will be located at the Public Safety Facility – EOC Training Room (702 W Main St.).
Additional vote centers will open on June 4 in Esparto, West Sacramento, Davis and Woodland.
At these centers, voters can cast a live ballot; drop off a vote-by-mail ballot; receive bilingual assistance; mark a ballot privately and independently by using an ADA-accessible ballot-marking device; pick up a replacement vote-by-mail ballot; register to vote and cast a conditional ballot; and update voter registration.
Beginning May 28, the Yolo Elections Office will provide a feature on its website providing wait times at the vote centers.
The June 7 ballot is a lengthy one, featuring multiple statewide primary races, including governor (26 candidates); lieutenant governor (eight candidates): secretary of state (seven candidates); controller (six candidates); treasurer (four candidates); attorney general (five candidates); superintendent of schools (seven candidates) and insurance commissioner (nine candidates).
Four candidates are running for State Board of Equalization district one.
Meanwhile, 23 candidates are vying for the U.S. Senate seat held by Sen. Alex Padilla and six for the U.S. House of Representatives seat held by Rep. Mike Thompson, D-Napa, who because of redistricting, now represents the city of Davis and much of Yolo County instead of Rep. John Garamendi, D-Walnut Grove.
Incumbent Assemblywoman Cecilia Aguiar-Curry, D-Winters, is facing challenger Bryan Pritchard in the fourth Assembly district.
In more local races, several incumbents are unopposed on the ballot, including Yolo County Superintendent of Schools Garth Lewis and Yolo County Assessor/Clerk-Recorder/Registrar of Voters Jesse Salinas.
Yolo County voters will choose between challenger Cynthia Rodriguez and incumbent Jeff Reisig for district attorney and between challenger Thomas Hayes and incumbent Tom Lopez for sheriff and those voters living in the second Board of Supervisors district will choose between Davis Vice Mayor Lucas Frerichs and community activist Juliette Beck.
After weighing in, voters can receive notification of when their ballots are received by the county elections office and counted. Visit https://california.ballottrax.net/voter/ to sign up for ballot tracking.