POLLING PLACES

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

Precinct 1: The Del Norte County Courthouse, 450 H St., Crescent City

Precinct 2: Grace Lutheran Church, 188 E. Cooper Ave., Crescent City

Precinct 3: Sutter Coast Hospital, 800 E. Washington St., Crescent City

Precinct 4: The Veterans Memorial Hall, 810 H St., Crescent City

Precinct 5: Masonic Lodge, 250 Ninth St., Crescent City

Precinct 6: Family Resource Center of the Redwoods, 494 Pacific Ave., Crescent City

Precinct 7: Del Norte County Airport, 202 Dale Rupert Rd., Crescent City

Precinct 8: Ship Ashore Resort recreation hall, 12370 U.S. 101, Smith River

Precinct 9: Smith River Community Hall, 241 First St., Smith River

Precinct 10: 105 Sunkist Lane, Hiouchi

Precinct 11: Fort Dick Fire Hall, 6534 Kings Valley Rd., Fort Dick

Precinct 12: Gasquet Bible Church, 1340 Gasquet Flat Rd., Gasquet

Precincts 13 and 14: Crescent Fire Protection Building, 255 W. Washington Blvd., Crescent City

Precinct 15: Lake Earl Grange, 6820 Lake Earl Dr., Fort Dick

Precinct 16: Redwoods Family Church, 2900 English Ln., Crescent City

Precinct 17: Crescent City Harbor District, 101 Citizens Dock Rd., Crescent City

Precinct 18: Klamath Community Hall, 219 Salmon Blvd., Klamath

The number of outstanding ballots still outweighs those that have been brought into the Del Norte County Elections Office, County Clerk-Recorder Alissia Northrup said Monday.

At about 4:30 p.m. the eve of the Nov. 6 election, Northrup expected her office to have scanned nearly 4,000 mail-in ballots by the close of day at 5 p.m. Northrup said her office had received 4,015 ballots out of 8,958 as of 5:14 p.m. Monday.

Voters have until the polls close on Tuesday to bring their mail-in ballots to the Del Norte County Elections office or any other polling place within the county, Northrup said. She also noted that as long as a mail-in ballot carries the voters’ signature, they can ask anyone to drop it off for them.

“It used to be only someone in the (voter’s) household could return it for you,” Northrup said. “Now anybody can do it, even the central committees could offer to go pick up ballots for people as long as it’s properly signed on the back and it matches the voter’s signature.”

According to their respective chairs, volunteers with both the Del Norte County Republican Central Committee and the Del Norte Democratic Central Committee will be either dropping off mail-in ballots for voters to providing rides to polling places.

Karen Sanders, chair of the Del Norte Republican Party, said Monday people can call 707-464-6966 or can stop by Republican headquarters at 3rd and I streets for rides to polling places or to drop off their ballots.

Meanwhile, Kevin Hendricks, chair of the Del Norte Democratic Central Committee, said Democrat volunteers were calling absentee ballot holders over the weekend to encourage people to either take them to a polling place or the county office and to make sure it’s postmarked by election day.

Some volunteers even picked up mail-in ballots over the weekend and delivered them to the county elections office, Hendricks said.

“We will be doing poll watching and we’ll be doing get out the vote tomorrow,” he said. “So we’ll be calling people that haven’t voted and will be offering them a ride if they need a ride.”

Hendricks said the attention the 2018 midterm election has garnered may be a reason that volunteers have mobilized. Locally, the Democratic Central Committee is focused on the race for the Del Norte County Unified School District Board of Trustees as well as Measures B and C.

“I have to say the volunteers in this year’s election have been exceptional,” he said. “We have a lot more people stepping up to help and volunteer, making calls and going out. A couple weeks ago we had people going out door to door. I have to say, this year’s been better than in the past. There’s a lot of interest, a lot of energy, a lot of volunteers; it’s been great.”

One local woman, Sherey Gould, is even volunteering her car to get people in the Crescent City area to the polls. She said she was inspired to do this after reading how drivers for Lyft and Uber have been offering free or discounted rides to voters in the Los Angeles area.

Gould, who is self-employed and a driver for the Community Assistance Network, said she plans to go to her polling place at the Crescent Fire Protection District building on Washington Boulevard just before 10 a.m. and will offer her Jeep Wrangler to anyone who needed a ride to the polls until about 6 p.m.

“This is a super important election no matter what side you’re on,” she said. “I’ve been reading about all these early voting from around the country. It’s like way more than ever before, supposedly. Let’s see if we can get voting in Del Norte way more than ever before.”

Gould said there is just one rule, she can’t talk politics with her riders. That rule, she said, came from Northrup herself.

Gould will be available for rides to polling places at the Del Norte County Courthouse, Grace Lutheran Church, Sutter Coast Hospital, the Veterans Memorial Hall, Masonic Lodge, Del Norte Family Resource Center, the Del Norte County Airport and the Crescent Fire Protection District Building.

Gould encouraged people to email her at amipros_sherey@att.net .

Another Del Norte County resident, Jermaine Brubaker, is also offering rides to the polls today. She said those needing rides can reach her at jermaine.brubaker@gmail.com or call her work at 707-957-0599.

In addition to voting on national and state offices and propositions, Del Norte voters will weigh in on the following countywide races: Districts 2 and 5 for the Del Norte County Unified
School District Board of Trustees; Crescent City Harbor Commission; and the Fairgrounds Recreation & Parks District Board of Directors. Crescent City residents will vote for two seats on the city council.

Local voters will also weigh in on Measure B, which would establish a tax upon commercial cannabis activity, and Measure C, which would establish a 2 percent transient occupancy tax (TOT) on hotel rooms and RV slots within unincorporated Del Norte County to benefit the Crescent City Harbor District.

Polls are open from 7 a.m.-8 p.m. today. For a link to county precinct maps, visit www.co.del-norte.ca.us/departments/clerk-recorder/elections/district-precinct/maps. For more information about the elections, call (707) 464-0383.

Reach Jessica Cejnar at jcejnar@triplicate.com .

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