California voters are going to the polls on Tuesday to decide a number of issues, including the two candidates in the gubernatorial election as well as a handful of local, state and federal elected representatives. In several communities — Winters included — a number of measures will also impact the representation residents receive at the local level and could have significant impacts on residents and businesses in the area.
This page helps make sense of some of the things involved in Tuesday’s Primary Day voting, including the issues up for vote, where to vote and what you can and cannot do at a polling place.
Are You Registered?
You can check your voter registration status by visiting this webpage. Simply provide your last name, your first name and either your four-digit birth year or residential zip code, and a database maintained by Yolo County will let you know if you’re eligible to vote in this year’s primary election.
The last day to register to vote is 15 days before any election. If you aren’t eligible to vote, you can still register, but you’ll have to wait until November to participate in an election. To find out if you are eligible to vote and for a list of voter’s rights, click here to visit the Secretary of State’s website.
Where To Vote
There are a number of places throughout the city where you can cast your ballot. Polls open at 7 a.m. and close at 8 p.m. Click the name of each location for a Google Map associated with that address:
• Winters Community Center, 201 Railroad Avenue
• Yolo County Housing, 62 Shams Way
• Winters High School (Gym), 101 Grant Avenue
• Winters Middle School (Library), 425 Anderson Avenue
• Winters Fire & Police Building (EOC Room), 700 Main Street
• Rominger Intermediate School (Library), 502 Niemann Street
You can find your exact polling place by entering your address in this Yolo County database.
Have a mail-in ballot? All vote-by-mail ballots were due by June 1. If you didn’t mail your ballot before the cut-off date, you can still drop your ballot off at the Yolo County Elections office on Court Street in Woodland.
• You can’t use your cell phone 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.
One of the things you can do is cast your ballot at a polling place even after the polls close: According to the Secretary of State’s voter’s rights guide, you have the right to vote even after the polls close as long as you are waiting in line.
Local Issues & Races
Measure G: Appointed Officials
Measure G is a proposal to make the positions of city clerks and treasurers ones that are appointed by the city council. Currently, those offices are appointed by voters to four-year terms. A yes vote is a vote in favor of allowing the city council to appoint these positions. A no vote is a vote against making these positions appointed, preserving their status as elected positions.
Measure K: Marijuana Business Tax
Measure K is a proposal to levy a 1 percent to 15 percent tax on marijuana businesses operating in unincorporated Yolo County. A yes vote is a vote in favor of allowing such a tax on marijuana businesses in unincorporated Yolo County. A no vote is a vote against allowing such a tax on marijuana businesses in unincorporated Yolo County.
City of Winters City Council Member
There are three city council seats up for grabs, and there are three candidates vying to fill those seats. All three candidates listed on the ballot are current city council members. The candidates for city council member are Harold R. Anderson, Wade Cowan and Pierre Neu.
Yolo County Clerk / Recorder / Assessor
The Yolo County Clerk / Recorder / Assessor leads the Yolo County Clerk-Records office in processing and handling certain county-specific records, including marriage licenses, death certificates, property deeds, maps and other records of property and vital human events.
Voters are choosing between currently appointed County Clerk/Recorder/Assessor Jesse Salinas and Yolo County Senior Appraiser David Schwenger for the position of Yolo County Clerk / Recorder / Assessor.
Yolo County District Attorney
The Yolo County District Attorney is responsible for leading a team of more than 30 deputy district attorneys who prosecute adult and youth misdemeanor and felony offenses within the county lines. The District Attorney also supervises those deputy district attorneys who appear before the Superior Court of California.
Yolo County Sheriff/Coroner
The Yolo County Sheriff/Coroner is the lead officer within the Yolo County Sheriff’s Department who oversees a team of deputies who are tasked with enforcing the law throughout the county lines, including rural and unincorporated areas of Yolo County and the campus of the University of California at Davis.
There are several uncontested local races in Winters and Yolo County, including:
• County Superintendent of Schools (Garth Lewis)
• County Supervisor, 2nd District (Don Saylor)
• Treasurer, City of Winters (Michael J. Sebastian)
State & National Races
U.S. Representative, 3rd District
The U.S. Representative for the 3rd District represents the community of Winters and other local areas at the national level as a member of the U.S. House of Representatives in Washington, D.C.
Voters are being asked to choose between current Congressman John Garamendi (Dem.), retired Marine officer Charles Schaupp (Rep.) and retired associate director Kevin Puett (Dem.) for the position of U.S. Representative, 3rd District. The top two candidates who receive the most votes will advance to the general election in November.
There is only one uncontested race at the state level for the Winters area:
Where to Find Election Results
The county will begin posting returns on the YoloElections.org website shortly after the polls close Tuesday at 8 p.m. The Winters Express will also begin posting returns with a focus on Winters-specific issues at WintersExpress.com. Bookmark the following page to access the Winters Express election results: