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Election 2012: Alameda County Voters Face A Long Ballot of Candidates and Measures

Voters will be casting ballots on city council candidates, school board hopefuls, local measures and state propositions when they go to the polls on Tuesday

Alameda County voters will face a ballot of state propositions, state office seekers, school board hopefuls, city candidates and local measures when they go to the polls on Tuesday.

Oh yes, President Barack Obama and Republican Mitt Romney are on the ballot, too.

Patch will provide complete coverage of the voting as it unfolds on Election Day. We'll also have up-to-the-minute election results beginning at 8 p.m. tomorrow.

There's no official prediction on what voter turnout in Alameda County will be. Contra Costa County officials are estimating an 82 percent turnout.

In November 2010, 61 percent of eligible voters in Alameda County cast ballots. One-third of eligible voters used mail-in ballots.

In 2008, 78 percent of eligible Alameda County voters cast ballots. About 40 percent of eligible voters used mail-in ballots.

In 2008, 78 percent of Alameda County voters voted for President Obama while 19 percent chose Republican John McCain.

This November, Alameda County residents are choosing from a myriad of issues and candidates, depending on where they live.

There are three congressional elections in which at least part of the district is in Alameda County.

The most high profile race is the 15th congressional district in which Dublin City Councilman Eric Swalwell is trying to unseat fellow Democrat Pete Stark, who has been a member of the House of Representatives since 1972. In 2008, Stark received 76 percent of the vote in Alameda County. In 2010, he got 71 percent.

The congressional district covers Livermore, Pleasanton, Dublin, Castro Valley, San Lorenzo, Union City, Hayward and part of Fremont.

There are also two state Senate races and five state Assembly contests within the county.

The 18th Assembly district race pits Alameda vice mayor Rob Bonta against Peralta Community College District trustee Abel Guillen.

In the Hayward City Councilman Bill Quirk and optometrist Jennifer Ong are vying to represent that newly drawn district.

A hotly contested battle is going in the Alameda County Board of Supervisors' second district. Four candidates are vying for the seat vacated by Nadia Lockyer. They are Union City Mayor Mark Green, state Assemblywoman Mary Hayashi, retired deputy sheriff Mark Turnquist and incumbent Richard Valle, who was apppointed to the seat in June.

There are nine school districts with board elections. Among them are Castro Valley, Dublin Unified, Fremont, Hayward, Livermore, New Haven Unified and San Lorenzo.

Nine cities are also holding municipal elections. Among them are Union City, San Leandro, Pleasanton, Dublin, Fremont, Oakland and Berkeley.

In addition, there are 22 local measures on the ballot.

Measure B1 would extend Alameda County's current half-cent sales tax hike and add an additional half-cent to help pay for transportation projects. It needs two-thirds approval.

Measure A1 would is a 25-year parcel tax that would raise money for the Oakland Zoo. It too needs a two-thirds approval.

Tina November 05, 2012 at 06:35 PM
Why does the PATCH, local candidates and pro/con local ballot measures wait until days before the election to put out information? People like me who vote via mail in ballot have long ago sent in our ballots. I had to rely on the confusing voter guide to make my choices. I have recently received info on a local candidate that would have changed my vote. I didn't know enough about him so I voted for the incumbent. Early voting is becoming more the norm. It's time to adjust the timeline of getting info out to the people. J
Sean November 05, 2012 at 08:31 PM
Why not try searchin the internet for the issues? People have been discussing them for months.
MarlaBean November 05, 2012 at 11:51 PM
There are other presidential candidates, it's not just Romney and Obama on the ballot. Although, I'm sure that's what the Republican and Democrat parties want you to think. If you don't like what they have to say, there are other options. Not that is REALLY matters... CA will go to Obama. But I do think we have the capacity to do a popular vote and get rid of the ineffectual electoral college - what a joke. We hardly need the electoral college in this day and age.
Dan Arnhem November 05, 2012 at 11:51 PM
Sure, lets elect Mary Hayashi, a convicted shoplifter to a term as Supervisor, a term during which she will serve while on probation for stealing $2,500 of merchandise. Are the voters in Southern Alameda County, really willing to elect a candidate who is currently on probation for a significant crime. The original charge was felony grand theft, and was ONLY reduced because she her first conviction (the first time she was caught). But make no mistake, this was a felony arrest. And make no mistake, this was NOT some simple "unintentional mistake" as Mary has claimed. That point was reinforced when only 2 weeks ago, the district attorney for San Francisco, said on KGO radio, that they never would have prosecuted Mary if they did not have FULL proof of not only her guilt, but proof also of her full intent to committ the crime. She planned the crime, brought the secret bag into the store, and carried out the crime. Her later excuses are of the most absurd type.
Mona Taplin November 06, 2012 at 01:40 AM
There has been plenty of information online, flyers,and TV ads on every issue and candidate. I'm sure this late in the day there are no undecided voters left. I also voted by mail, but I ignored all the garbage ads and checked out the candidates and issues by reading the props, and taking a good look at every candidate.

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