Humboldt, Del Norte Voting Information

Jun 5, 2018

The polls for the California Primaries close at 8 p.m. on Tuesday June 5, 2018.
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Tuesday June 5th is election day for California Primaries and for local offices. KHSU has compiled some general information about the candidates and the voting process. 

Local Elections: 

Residents of Humboldt County can vote for several local offices. The elections include: Humboldt County's Fourth and Fifth District Supervisors, Humboldt County's Contested Judgeship and the county's race for auditor-controller

Candidates for Humboldt County's Fourth District include incumbent Virginia Bass, Dani Burkhart and Mary Ann Lyons. The fourth district is comprised of Eureka, Fairhaven and Samoa. 

Candidates for Humboldt County's Fifth District include incumbent Ryan Sundberg and challenger Steve Madrone. The fifth district is comprised of  Fieldbrook, Hoopa, Korbel, McKinleyville, Orleans, Orick, Trinidad, Weitchpec, Westhaven and Willow Creek. 

Candidates for Humboldt County's Contested Judgeship include Lathe Gill and  Lawrence Killoran

Candidates for Humboldt County's Auditor-Controllre include Karen Paz Dominguez and Mike Lorig. The auditor-controller involves financial oversight of county agencies, budgeting and disbursement of county funds. 

Del Norte County voters have two local races to decide, for the Third District  and Fourth District Supervisor seats.

In Del Norte County’s Third District, incumbent Chris Howard is challenged by Jake Smith of Smith River.  The Fourth District  is a fuller field, with three challengers, Roger Daley, Dave Mason and Ron Phillips running against incumbent Supervisor Gerry Hemmingsen.

Del Norte Voters also decide whether county supervisors will be limited to three four-year terms regardless if they are consecutive, with Measure A, the county's only ballot measure this primary.

The Del Norte County Elections Office has live updates of results on their site

Information about the voting process, according to Humboldt county's website, notes that Humboldt County will provide Spanish language facsimile ballots at all polling locations and that any voter needing help marking their ballot can bring up to two people to assist them at their polling place. The people assisting the voter can be a friend, relative or poll worker, but the assistant cannot be the voter's employer, an agent of the employer or an officer or agent of the voter's union. Additionally, every voting location has a voting machine for voters with disabilities. If a voting location is not accessible to a disabled voter, the voter has the right to appear outside of their original location and vote a regular ballot.  

Local Measure(s): 

Measure E-A bond issue on the ballot for Pacific Union School District. A yes vote is in favor of authorizing the Pacific Union School District to issue $5.6 million in bonds at the rate of $0.03 per $100 in assessed value through 2053. A no vote is against authorizing the bond. A 55 percent supermajority vote is required for approval of this measure. More information here

State Elections:  

There are 27 candidates running for California Governor. Top candidates include: Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom, former Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, Former state School's chief Delaine Eastin, John Cox, and Assemblyman Travis Allen

California voters can also vote for the U.S. House of Representatives District 2. The candidates include Jared Huffman, Andy Caffrey, and Dale K. Mensing. Representatives are elected to two-year terms to represent their specific congressional district in the federal government. They introduce and vote on new laws, hold hearings and are responsible for approving federal taxes. 

The Office for California State Senate will also hold elections today. Incumbent Mike McGuire will face candidate Veronica Jacobi for State Senate District 2. 

California Propositions: 

Proposition 68- will authorize $4 billion in general obligation bonds for: parks, natural resources protection, climate adaptation, water quality and supply, and flood protection. Fiscal Impact: increased state bond repayment costs averaging $200 million annually over 40 years. Local governemtn savings for natural resources-related projects, likely averaging several tens of millions of dollars annually over the next few decades. More information here.

Proposition 69-Requires that certain revenues generated by a 2017 transportaion funding law be used only for transportation purposes and generally prohibits Legislature from diverting funds to other purposes. Fiscal Impact: No direct effect on the amount of state and local revenues for costs but could affect how some monies are spent. More information here

Proposition 70-Begining in 2024, it requires that cap-and-trade revenues accumulate in a reserve fund until the Legislature, by a two-thrids majority, authorizes use of the revenues. Fiscal Impact: In 2024, potential temporary increases in the state sales tax revenue, ranging from none to a few hundred million dollars annually, and possible changes in how revenue from sale of greenhouse gas emission premits are spent. More information here

Proposition 71-Provides that ballot measures approved by a majority of voters shall take effect five days after the Secretary of Staet certifies the results of the election. Fiscal Impact: Likely little or no effect on local finances. More information here

Proposition 72-Permits Legislature to allow construction of rain-capture systems, completed on or after Janurary 1, 2019 without requiring property-tax reassessment. Fiscal Impact: Probably minor reduction n annual property tax revenues to local governments. More information here

Voting information for polling locations can be found here: