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Voters Head To Polls
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Election Day is coming up Tuesday, Nov. 4 and voters in San Joaquin County will be among those heading out to cast their votes in local and statewide races, in addition to the Presidential election.

Polls open at 7 a.m. and close at 8 p.m.

Voters can vote in person at their polling place, which is listed on the back of the sample ballot received in the mail; by mail ballot voting can also be done, but the ballots must be received by the San Joaquin County Registrar of Voters office in Stockton by 8 p.m. on Election Day. For precincts with 250 or less registered voters, they have already or will receive a mailed ballot that can be returned by mail or dropped off at any San Joaquin County polling place on Election Day or at the registrar's office. Early voting is also available Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the county registrar of voters office, 212 No. San Joaquin St. in Stockton.

Also, the office will be open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. both Saturday, Nov. 1 and Sunday, Nov. 2 for voters to vote, pick up vote-by-mail ballots or drop off voted ballots.

Races on the ballot include a four-way race for two seats on the Escalon City Council, with the ballot listing, in order, David E. Webster, Jeff Laugero, Gary L. Haskin and Matthew E. Herrero as the candidates. Herrero previously serve a four-year term on the council. Haskin is currently on the council and is serving this year as mayor. Laugero is a prosecuting attorney and Webster a marketing consultant and photographer, with both in their first run for the council. The two candidates polling the most votes will win the four-year seats on the council.

This is also a Presidential year, with six candidate teams on the ballot in addition to room for a write in candidate.

Leading the Democratic ticket is Barack Obama with running mate Joe Biden and the Republican candidate is John McCain with running mate Sarah Palin. Other parties putting candidates on the ballot are Cynthia McKinney for the Green party, Alan Keyes of the American Independent party, Ralph Nader is the Peace and Freedom candidate and Bob Barr is the Libertarian candidate.

Voters locally will also cast ballots for the race in the 11th Congressional District, with incumbent Democrat Jerry McNerney running for a second term and facing off with challenger Republican Dean Andal in a close contest.

In the State Assembly, Republican Bill Berryhill and Democrat John Eisenhut are battling for the 26th District seat and there are also races for a Superior Court judge and for four seats on the San Joaquin Delta College Board of Trustees.

There are 12 bond issues, ranging from Proposition 1A, the Safe, Reliable High-Speed Passenger Train bond act to Proposition 12, the Veterans' Bond Act of 2008. Information about each bond issue is included in sample ballots and candidates were also able to provide information about why they are seeking an office and their qualifications for that post.

Polls will close on Tuesday night after The Times goes to press; look for full election results in the Nov. 12 issue.