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Nov 6, 2018 Election Guide

How to Vote

1. Choose when & where to vote

Vote by Mail

If you’ve signed up to vote by mail but haven’t received your ballot, check online at

Once you fill in your ballot, drop it in the mail (no postage required). It must be postmarked by Nov 6th and received within 3 days. Or, return it to a drop-off site by 8pm on Election Day. You can check if your ballot has been received at

Vote in person

If you’re going to vote in person, make a plan for when you’ll vote and how you’ll get to the polls! 

Polls are open from 7am - 8pm on Tuesday, November 6th. You can also vote early if that’s more convenient for you. Find your polling place or an early voting site at:

When you get to your polling place, you’ll be asked to sign in, then you’ll get your ballot and be directed to a private booth. After you fill it in, you’ll drop it in a secure box, and you’re done!

2. Fill out your ballot

Use a blue or black pen to draw a thin line completing the arrow next to your choice. If you make a mistake, call 408-299-VOTE or ask the polling place staff for a new ballot.

It can be tough to decide on all the different races. This packet provides a quick summary of the propositions. You can learn more in the Official Voter Information Packet, by looking online, or by talking with your friends and family. It’s best if you vote the whole ballot, since everything affects you. But your ballot will still be counted if you skip some races.

What You’re Voting On

State of California

Check out this voter guide from California Calls for a quick summary of the state propositions.

Santa Clara County

Measure A: Should we extend a 1/8th cent sales tax originally passed by voters in 2012? This would continue to provide $50 million each year to fund County services such as the Valley Medical Center and related health services, programs for the homeless, and affordable housing.

San Jose

Measure S: Should we change how the City of San Jose selects contractors for City projects to prioritize low costs, but also consider experience and quality of work, and increase opportunities for small, local, and economically disadvantaged businesses?

Measure T: Should the City issue $650 million in bonds to repair deteriorating bridges vulnerable to earthquakes, repave streets and potholes, prevent flooding and water quality contamination, and repair critical infrastructure? The bonds will be repaid through a temporary property tax of 11 cents per $1,000 of assessed value.

Measure U: Should we change how Mayor and City Council salaries are determined, so the Council & Mayor no longer approve their own salaries and a Salary Setting Commission adjusts base salaries every 5 years?

Measure V: Should the City issue $450 million in bonds to fund affordable housing projects, targeted toward extremely low-, low-, and middle-income families? The bonds will be repaid through a temporary property tax of 8 cents per $1,000 of assessed value.

School Bonds

Depending on which school district you live in, you will also likely vote on school bonds. These allow a district to borrow a specific amount of money for specific purposes, often to build or renovate buildings, and are paid back through temporary increases in taxes, usually property taxes.

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