It’s officially Super Tuesday. Voters across the state are casting their vote in the California primary, including those here in the valley.
"If I want to be an active member of our democracy and I want a voice, then I need to show up," said Mike Thompson, a Palm Springs voter who hit the polls early on Tuesday.
Polls are open from 7 a.m. until 8 pm. Tuesday. In Riverside county, there are 534 polling places open. Coachella Valley residents can go to the Registrar of Voters website: http://voteinfo.net/ and click on "Polling Place Locator” to find the polling place closest to them.
"It was super easy. In fact, I had to register today too and it was super streamlined," said Artemis Thomas-Hansard, another voter in Palm Springs.
California is just one of 14 states heading to the polls for super Tuesday. Voters will have the chance to choose which presidential candidate they’d like to see on the ballot come November.
Coachella Valley residents will also see a number of local races and measures on the ballot.
The 28th district race for state senator: there are five candidates (two Republicans and three Democrats) vying for Jeff Stone’s seat. News Channel 3's John White spoke with candidates ahead of Tuesday's election. You can watch here.
There are three candidates vying for the 42nd assembly district seat. Incumbent Chad Mayes dropped his party affiliation this year. Tuesday’s election should reveal if his two challenging candidates, Andrew Kotyuk and DeniAntionette Mazingo, can garner enough support to unseat him. You can learn more about the candidates here.
Dr. Raul Ruiz is also up for re-election in the 36th congressional district. He’s up against three Republicans: Erin Cruz, Patrice Kimbler and Milo Stevanovich.
Voters will also see Prop 13 on the ballot, a measure that would authorize $15 billion in school improvement bonds. However, it will cost the state $740 million per year over the next 35 years with interest. You can learn more about it here.
For the first time, California voters can now complete same day voter registration. That means you can show up to any polling place Tuesday and vote, even if you haven’t previously registered.
Watch News Channel 3 at noon for continuing coverage on the California primary.