Elections

2018 PRIMARY UNOFFICIAL RESULTS

Jun 11, 2018
Randol White

California's June 5, 2018 Consolidated Primary Election is behind us, and the Secretary of State has published semi-official elections results; click here to see statewide race results.

On the Central Coast, the San Luis ObispoSanta Barbara and Monterey County county elections offices continue to update results as ballot counting continues. 

How new voting rules could affect you on Tuesday

Jun 6, 2016

Central Coast election offices are busy preparing for Tuesday’s Presidential Primary.

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Tuesday, June 7, 2016 is Election Day in California as Central Coast voters head to the polls to pick their primary candidates for President of the United States, Congress and various supervisor seats in Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo and Monterey Counties, among other choices. 

Justin Fareed for Congress

From the moment Central Coast Congresswoman Lois Capps announced her plans to retire at the end of this term, candidates looking to fill her spot began to announce their intentions to run.

Katcho Achadjian Facebook Page

Every Republican currently sitting in the California Assembly is getting behind Central Coast Assemblyman Katcho Achadjian (R-San Luis Obispo0 in his bid for the 24th Congressional District. 

Also an earlier 24th Congressional District candidate debate on February 4, 2016 at Cal Poly was moderated by KCBX News Director Randol White.

The debate begins at 18:14 in the video below, produced by Mustang News:

Flickr member Damian Gadal

The City of Santa Barbara is working on plans to set up new city council districts for the upcoming November 2015 election.

Until now, the city's council members were elected at-large—meaning any registered voter in the city could cast a ballot for any of the council seats.

The move to districts is the result of a court ruling and settlement under the state's 2001 voting rights act.

Kristy Schmidt is Santa Barbara's Administrative Services Director. She says the city is currently collecting information from the public on forming the geographic boundaries.

Recount settles close race for Pismo Beach Mayor

Nov 25, 2014

A requested recount now confirms the original vote totals in the race for Mayor of Pismo Beach, where a two vote margin determined incumbent Shelly Higginbotham edged out challenger Kevin Kreowski.

The Mayor herself contributed to Kreowski's recount fund, an estimated $3000 required by San Luis Obispo County to initiate the process.

Recount requested in race for Mayor of Pismo Beach

Nov 21, 2014

The two vote victory for Mayor of Pismo Beach will face a manual recount starting on Monday morning, November 24, 2014.

Incumbent Mayor Shelly Higginbotham edged out challenger Kevin Kreowski by just two votes back on November 4. Those vote totals were certified on Wednesday, giving the candidates five days to request a recount.

Kreowski was able to raise the roughly $3000 needed to pay for the request with a portion of that money donated by Mayor Higginbotham.

County Clerk-Recorder Julie Rodewald estimates the manual tally will take two days.

Monterey County Sheriff's Department

A close race for Sheriff-Coroner in Monterey County was still considered too close to call Wednesday night as nearly 34,000 ballots were left to be counted—about 45 percent of the total votes cast in Tuesday's election.

The incumbent, Sheriff Scott Miller, was trailing Deputy Steve Bernal 51.4 to 48.6 percent in the numbers released by the County Clerk-Recorder Wednesday at 1:04 a.m. 

The remaining votes that still need to be processed and added to the totals consist of vote-by-mail (absentee), provisional, and other ballots that have some need for review.

Photo by Jeanne Sparks

Rallies both for and against a proposed fracking ban in Santa Barbara County hit the streets of Santa Maria Wednesday around lunchtime.

The Yes on Measure P supporters initiated the effort to rally North County voters. The No on Measure P side got wind of it and staged their own counter demonstration.

Representatives from both sides tell KCBX the interactions were civil. They say anywhere between 70 and 100 people participated with more more people showing up for the yes side.

Argument in favor of San Luis Obispo’s Measure G

Oct 21, 2014
SLO Citizens for Measure G, Facebook Page

ALSO: Hear the argument against Measure G  

On November 4, 2014, voters in the city of San Luis Obispo will decide whether they want to extend a half-cent sales tax for another eight years.

The "general purpose" tax was originally passed in 2006 as Measure Y. This year’s version is known as Measure G, and does come with some changes.

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The latest campaign finance figures from the California Secretary of State's office and the Santa Barbara County Clerk-Recorder show the battle over fracking is a costly one on the Central Coast. And, the contributors footing most of the bill are big oil companies.

This November's Measure P is designed to ban the use of high-intensity oil extraction methods—including fracking, acidizing, and steam injection—by future oil and gas projects on unincorporated Santa Barbara County land.

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Reporter Jordan Bell spoke with Marilee Hyman, President of the League of Women Voters in San Luis Obispo, about how to evaluate ballot propositions.

Hyman discusses buzz words, endorsements and more.

Election Day is November 4, 2014. The last day to register to vote in California is October 20, 2014.

More information from the San Luis Obispo League of Women Voters can be found on their website. Hyman also recommends the SmartVoter.org site.

Gemma Jimenez

This November, California voters will decide who will serve in the state’s top offices, including Governor, Attorney General, and Secretary of State, among others.

California State Senator Alex Padilla is the current front-runner for the Secretary of State race, coming in first place among a crowded field in the June primary, filled primarily with Democrats. He too is a Democrat who currently represents the state's 20th Senate District, which includes much of the San Fernando Valley in Los Angeles County.

Money and Politics

Jun 30, 2014

In a country with more than 300 million people, approximately 1% of “the 1%” contributed over a quarter of all disclosed political campaign contributions in the 2012 election cycle, according to the Sunlight Foundation. How is public policy impacted when such a small percentage of donors dominate our campaign finance system? As concerns about inequalities in political influence and government corruption grow, there are increasing calls to reform our system of campaign finance across the political spectrum.

All eyes on November for winners of Tuesday's election

Jun 4, 2014
Jeremy Raff/KQED

A new round of campaigning is just beginning for the candidates involved in three separate Central Coast races that have been extended to November as a result of Tuesday’s primary elections.

Longtime incumbent and Democrat Lois Capps secured her spot in the race for California's 24th Congressional District. She faced a record number of challengers under the state's new "top two" primary system.

It was a three person race for San Luis Obispo County's District 4 Supervisor's seat, currently held by Governor Brown appointee Caren Ray.

Ray gathered 42.6 percent of the vote on Tuesday, putting her in second place.

Challenger Lynn Compton topped the vote totals with 46.43 percent.

Compton and Ray will now face off in November, because nobody got more than 50 percent.

Mike Byrd came in a distant third with 10.8 percent of the vote.

Randol White

Only one mayoral race was on the ballot for Central Coast voters on Tuesday, and that was for the City of Morro Bay.

Incumbent Jamie Irons will keep his job after garnering 56.73 percent of the vote as of Wednesday morning, to challenger Carla Wixon's 42.84 percent.

An attorney from Pismo Beach is entering the race for San Luis Obispo County District Attorney—as a write-in candidate.

On Thursday, Paul Phillips submitted the final signatures he needed to qualify as an official write-in candidate, according to County Clerk Julie Rodewald.

Up until now, the contentious race for SLO County DA has been just between just the two candidates who will appear on June's ballot, Assistant District Attorney Tim Covello, and Dan Dow, the Deputy District Attorney.