Election 2018: Express Mini-Voter's Guide

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The Candidates

Californians will choose between Gavin Newsom (D) and John Cox(R) for governor; Eleni Kounalakis (D) and Ed Hernandez (D) for lieutenant governor; Alex Padilla (D) and Mark Meuser (R) for secretary of state and Steven Bailey (R) and Xavier Becerra (D) for state attorney general. Local voters will also choose between John Garamendi (D) and Charlie Schaupp (R) to be their next elected representative in the U.S. House of RepresentativesCecilia Aguiar-Curry (D) and Brandon Nelson (L) to be their next elected representative in the state assembly; and David Murphy and Melissa Moreno to be their next representative on the Yolo County Board of Education. A brief synopsis of these candidates and their official campaign statements are available throughout our website.

The Issues

California voters will be choosing YES or NO on 11 ballot propositions this year. Those initiatives are:
  • Prop 1: Authorizing state lawmakers to issue $4 billion in bonds for housing programs
  • Prop 2: Authorizing state lawmakers to spend money on homelessness prevention housing
  • Prop 3: Authorizing state lawmakers to issue $8.477 billion in bonds for water projects
  • Prop 4: Authorizing state lawmakers to issue $1.5 billion in bonds for university-run and private children’s hospitals
  • Prop 5: Allows seniors and the disabled to transfer their assessed property values to a new home
  • Prop 6: Repeals a 12-cent gas tax intended to fund transportation infrastructure projects
  • Prop 7: Authorizes state lawmakers to change the dates of or make permanent Daylight Saving Time
  • Prop 8: Places a cap on the amount of money dialysis clinics could generate in revenue
  • Prop 10: Permits local governments to enforce rent control measures on any type of rental property
  • Prop 11: Allows ambulance companies to force workers to remain on-call during rest breaks
  • Prop 12: Bans the sale of meat and egg products from farms where animals are housed in confined spaces under a specific size
(Proposition 9, an initiative that would have allowed California to split into three states, was removed from the ballot by the California Supreme Court.) Winters voters will be choosing YES or NO on one local measure:
  • Measure P: Authorizes the school board to sell $20 million in bonds backed by a tax on property values to fund certain school repair, renovation and rejuvenation projects

Calendar of Deadlines

  • October 19: The first day voters can turn in their vote-by-mail ballot to certain county libraries
  • October 22: The last day for general voter registration for the Nov. 5 general election
  • October 23: The first day you can register to vote in person at the Elections Office
  • October 30: The last day to complete and mail a request to vote-by-mail
  • November 5: The last day voters can turn in their vote-by-mail ballot to certain county libraries
  • November 6: Election Day! Go to the polls or drop off your vote-by-mail ballot at your polling place
  • November 9: The last day vote-by-mail ballots postmarked on Nov. 5 or earlier can be received by the Elections Office
Click here for more information about these deadlines.

Polling Places


Casting a ballot at a polling place can be an exciting experience, but there’s some things you need to know about polling places to ensure compliance with state laws regarding polling place conduct.
  • You can’t use your cellphone while you are inside a polling place
  • You can’t campaign politically at or within 100 feet of a polling place
  • You can’t discuss your vote at or within 100 feet of a polling place
  • You can’t register for the current election at a polling place
  • You can’t tamper with voting equipment or be disruptive to the voting process
  • You can take a selfie with your ballot as long as you’re not interfering with the voting process of others
  • You can cast your ballot at a polling place after 8 p.m. as long as you’re in line to vote before then


  • WINTERS COMMUNITY CENTER at 201 Railroad Avenue
  • YOLO COUNTY HOUSING, Multi-Purpose Room at 62 Shams Way
  • WINTERS HIGH SCHOOL, Gymnasium at 101 Grant Avenue
  • ROMINGER INTERMEDIATE SCHOOL, Library at 502 Niemann Street
  • WINTERS POLICE & FIRE BUILDING, EOC Room at 700 Main Street
  • WINTERS COMMUNITY LIBRARY at 708 Railroad Avenue
All polls open at 7 a.m. and close at 8 p.m. on Election Day (Nov. 6). For your specific polling place, enter your address at YoloElections.org.
See an interactive polling place map; watch short videos on each ballot proposition (courtesy of CALmatters, an Express media partner); get detailed analysis on each candidate, proposition and measures and read official candidate statements on the Express Voter’s Guide online at wintersexpress.com/vote2018.]]>

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