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Election Day in California | Newsom, Dahle on ballot | Ways to vote

The latest North State and California news on our airwaves for Tuesday, June 7.

*NSPR will be tracking California’s primary election today, including local races. Tune in from 8-10 p.m. for a California Newsroom election night special that will include statewide results and analysis. 

Newly drawn congressional district includes Plumas, Yuba counties

Voters in a new congressional district that stretches from Plumas County to Death Valley are deciding who will face off in the general election. The new district also includes portions of Yuba County.

California’s 3rd Congressional District is huge and mostly rural, but its population base includes suburbs in Sacramento and Placer counties, making it a district where Democrats have a chance.

Candidates vying for the seat include GOP Assemblymember Kevin Kiley; Sacramento Sheriff Scott Jones, a Republican; and Kermit Jones, a Roseville physician, Navy veteran and Democrat.

During a debate hosted by CapRadio and KCRA last week, Kiley and Sheriff Jones refused to say whether Joe Biden was legitimately elected president in 2020. All three candidates agree that governments should not bring back COVID-19 restrictions as cases rise.

The top two vote-getters will advance to the general election in November, regardless of political affiliation.

— CapRadio Staff

Newsom faces challengers on the right, including North State senator

Today’s primary election has Gov. Gavin Newsom on the ballot again.

Newsom handily defeated a recall election just nine months ago, a victory which bolstered his campaign account, and his standing with the millions of Democratic voters in California.

The governor has fended off any big-name challengers from his left. His primary opponents include Republican state Sen. Brian Dahle and Michael Shellenberger, a political independent with backing from right-wing figures like Tucker Carlson.

California’s open primary system means the top two vote-getters will advance to the general election regardless of political party.

CapRadio Staff

How to vote in today’s election

Polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Californians using mail-in ballots must have them postmarked by today, June 7. They can also be dropped off at polling places or secured ballot drop-off boxes.

Same-day registration is also an option for those not yet registered to vote. Those ballots will be counted after officials have completed their voter verification process.

— Saul Gonzalez (KQED), The California Report

Election results will come in waves

Once the polls close at 8 p.m., attention will turn to the election results. The Secretary of State’s Office and local counties are expected to release results in three separate waves.

The first will be published shortly after 8 p.m. and they’ll consist of the early-arriving vote-by-mail ballots. The second will be released later in the night and into the next morning. Those will be from ballots cast in person on Election Day at voting sites.

After these two batches are published, some candidates with large leads might declare victory. Close races, however, could take days to decide as mail ballots trickle in. Those are counted as long as they are postmarked by 8 p.m. on election night.

— CapRadio Staff

Triple-digit heat expected in Sac Valley this week

The first week of June kicked off with cool temperatures and some rain in the North State, but that mild weather is about to change. Temperatures will hit levels identified as dangerous by the National Weather Service (NWS) Thursday through Saturday across the region.

On Thursday, the valley and foothills are expected to reach moderate risk for heat-related illness. Temperatures will be in the 90s for most communities, with Chico expected to reach at least 100 degrees.

Friday is expected to be the hottest day. Triple-digit temperatures are expected across the valley, as well as high risk for heat-related illness for much of the valley population.

NWS says valley residents should make sure to stay hydrated, limit time outdoors and check on the elderly, children and pets.

Sarah Bohannon, NSPR

Stories from NPR partner stations are edited by NSPR Staff for digital presentation and credited as requested.

In other news

  • 20% of ballots already in as primary election nears: “After a month since the first ballot drop box locations opened for the statewide direct primary elections, Butte County has received 20% of ballots back, said Butte County Clerk Recorder Candace Grubbs.” — Chico Enterprise-Record
  • PG&E awards grant to Lassen College Fire Technology Program: “The Lassen College Fire Technology program was recently awarded $17,500 by Pacific Gas and Electric Company to use for scholarships and training equipment. The grant will focus on providing funding for tuition and other expenses to students seeking an Associate of Science in Fire Technology and will ideally benefit students who are from PG&E’s service area.” — Lassen County Times
  • Swimmer found safe after rescue effort at Black Butte Lake: “The person in need of rescue was recreating with a group of people near Burris Creek area … The group’s boat suffered an engine malfunction. The person floating in the water was wearing a personal flotation device but was unable to swim back to the disabled boat.” — Red Bluff Daily News
  • DA files charges in cruelty case: “The Sutter County District Attorney’s Office filed 19 felony charges against a pair that was arrested recently for suspected animal abuse and animal neglect.” — The Appeal-Democrat
  • New panels want to talk ethics, rules of climate tinkering: “Tinkering with the planet’s air to cool Earth’s ever-warming climate is inching closer to reality enough so that two different high-powered groups — one of scientists and one of former world leaders — are trying to come up with ethics and governing guidelines.” — The Associated Press

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