FAIRFIELD — Between 35 and 40 percent of Solano County voters will turn out for Tuesday’s primary election, if history is any indication.
That compares to 60 to 70 percent that Deputy Registrar of Voters John Gardner said might turn out for the November election. Still, two Solano County supervisors seats and the District Attorney’s Office seat are on the Tuesday ballot.
“Voters should pay attention to the smaller elections,” Gardner said.
Incumbent Supervisor Jim Spering will try to keep his 3rd District seat, with Fairfield City Councilwoman Pam Bertani, Michael Oman and Steven Lowe challenging. Incumbent Supervisor John Vasquez will try to keep his 4th District seat, with Dixon City Councilman Thom Bogue, Gerald Clift and Eugene Ray challenging.
But the 3rd District race and the 4th District race might not end Tuesday. A candidate must get more than 50 percent of the vote to claim victory for either seat. Failing that, the top two voter-getters would go into a November runoff.
Some local races will be decided Tuesday. Incumbent District Attorney Don du Bain and challenger Krishna Abrams, a county deputy district attorney, are in a two-person race, so one will emerge as victor.
Other local races for all practical purposes were decided long before Election Day. Five Solano County incumbents face no challengers. They are county Superintendent of Schools Jay Speck, Assessor/Recorder Marc Tonnesen, Auditor Controller Simona Padilla-Scholtens, Sheriff/Coroner Tom Ferrara and Treasurer/Tax Collector/County Clerk Charles Lomeli.
Voters in the 3rd Congressional District will choose between incumbent John Garamendi and state Assemblyman Dan Logue. Voters in the 11th Assembly District will choose between incumbent Jim Frazier and Alex Henthorn. Voters in the 4th Assembly District will choose among Bill Dodd, Joe Krovoza, Charlie Schaupp, Dan Wolk and Dustin Call. In all three races, the top two vote-getters advance to November’s election.
Among statewide offices, the primary race for governor is on the ballot, with Gov. Jerry Brown trying to keep his seat. But the vote will be conducted differently than during the last governor’s primary race in 2010. Then, voters registered for a certain party voted to choose their party’s standard-bearer for the November election.
California in 2012 went to a new election system for statewide offices as the result of the passage of Proposition 14 in 2010. All candidates are listed on the ballot and voters can vote for one. The top two vote-getters will go to a November runoff, regardless of party affiliation.
About 60 to 65 percent of Solano County residents voting in Tuesday’s election will likely do so through vote-by-mail ballots, Gardner said. About 20,000 ballots had been returned Wednesday.
“We get a bunch early, then it tapers off, then it picks up again at the end,” Gardner said.
About 15 percent of the vote-by-mail ballots get dropped off on Election Day at polling places, he said.
For voters who chose not to get a mail-in ballot, Election Day remains a day to turn out at their local polling place. Hours are 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.
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