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Napa County Voters Head to the Polls

Polling places are open until 8 p.m. throughout Napa County and at the downtown Napa elections office. Have you voted yet?

About 26,000 Napa County voters had already mailed or dropped off ballots before Election Day.

But that still leaves more than half the county's 72,500 registered voters to make their choices today — though the man in charge of counting those votes expects at least 14,000 of them are likely to sit this one out.

At Bel Aire Park Elementary School around 9 a.m., just a handful of voters passed through to cast their votes, assisted by cheerful poll workers.

Adding an educational component, student reports on modern poets hung on the walls of the polling place, Bel Aire Park's multi-purpose room.

Napa County registrar of voters John Tuteur said he estimates a 70 to 80 percent voter turnout for the Nov. 6 election, "which should beat the statewide average handily."

Mail-in voters who didn't get their ballots to the post office by the deadline last week can drop them off at locations throughout the county today: Click here for a list.

Polling places are open until 8 p.m. and Tuteur promises the mail-in ballot count by 8:01 p.m.

Bookmark this link for our live updates of election results for all the Napa County races and ballot measures.

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Steve Sando November 06, 2012 at 09:19 PM
Drove downtown thinking there would be an easy drop off point but there isn't! Just lots of traffic. Apparently there is a church on Trower I can go to. Why is Napa set up so we have to vote early? I don't want to. I just found out some key info about Prop 30 that changed my vote. I think we need to go back to neighborhood, or at least district precincts.
Louisa Hufstader (Editor) November 06, 2012 at 09:35 PM
That's not going to happen, not after the mess at the local precincts in 2006. That's when Tuteur started closing them - not to save money, but to get the voting done more efficiently. From a column I wrote in early 2008: "State law lets county registrars convert any precinct to vote-by-mail status when fewer than 250 voters in that precinct will show up in person at the polls." (Read the rest at http://www.northbaybiz.com/Columnists/Napa_Insider/County_Politics_Always_Simmering_Sometimes.php) But you should have been able to drive up to the top floor of the Coombs Street parking garage and hand in your ballot at the elections office, their door is right there.
Belinda Larson November 06, 2012 at 09:48 PM
I agree with Steve...People should have the option to vote in person if they want to . They should be also be able to surrender their mail in ballot to vote in person at the Registrar's office. I thank you Louisa for all the background info on the topic but I think that we should find a way to make our voting more efficient, not to restrict people's voting choices. The closure of polling locations has been increasing every election cycle to the point where the Registrar's office told me this morning that 80% of our residents are vote by mail. I am certain 80% of our voters don't want to vote by mail.
Unfiltered Steve Simoneau November 06, 2012 at 09:55 PM
And here's a video to show that our voting system is fair and accurate. Believe what you want. http://blog.sfgate.com/nov05election/2012/11/06/thousands-report-voting-problems/
Scott Yeager November 06, 2012 at 10:10 PM
Electronic voting is insane. It should be a simple paper ballot, it should be done on a national holiday (as in election day is a holiday) and that day should be a Saturday.

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