For the Tri-Valley, the March 3 Presidential Primary ballots will contain several state, Alameda County and local races, propositions and measures. The Alameda County Registrar of Voters expects more than 900,000 voters to cast ballots in this election.

Items specifically affecting the Tri-Valley, which is part of the 15th district, include races for candidates for the U.S. Representative, a member of the State Assembly, and a Superior Court judge. Proposition 13 issuing bonds for $157 million, benefiting schools and college facilities is also on the ballot.

Locally, elections will be held for full- and short-term members of Zone 7, Alameda County Flood Control and Water Conservation District, and a vote on Livermore’s Measure P concerning the

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On Jan. 23, information pamphlets for the Mar. 3 election will be mailed to all registered voters with a mailing address on record.

Feb. 3 marks the Registrar’s mailing out of over 600,000 vote-by-mail ballots. Mail-in votes must be postmarked no later than March 3, and received no later than March 6, to be counted.

Opening and processing of the vote-by-mail ballots begins on Feb. 18. This process extends past the time the polls close on March 3, until all submitted ballots have been counted. If you vote by mail you must remember to sign your envelope to have your vote counted.

The last day to register to vote by mail, or on-line, is Feb. 17, which is 15 days before the election date. The required information, if sent by mail, must be postmarked by Feb. 17. It can also be hand delivered to the Registrar’s office. If you are already registered to vote by mail and did not receive your ballot, you must contact the registrar’s office and request it by Feb. 25.

To register or vote on-line you need to be 18 years or older on or before Mar. 3, 2020. You’ll be required to submit copies of your CA Driver’s license or CA I.D. card, date of birth and the last four numbers of your Social Security Number. New registration is required if you have officially altered your name in any way, have a different address, or changed political party.

Questions? Call the Registrar’s office at 510-272-6973, or visit