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Contra Costa County Prepares For Deluge Of Mail-In BallotsWith the heavy scrutiny being placed on mail-in ballots this election, officials in Contra Costa County are taking steps to ensure they are counted properly this November.
San Mateo County Tests Ballot Counting System On Voter Registration DayOn a day dedicated to getting people registered to vote, voting systems on the Peninsula were being put through the paces in a test six weeks ahead of the 2020 Presidential Election.
Warriors: Team Facilities To Participate In November General ElectionThe Golden State Warriors announced Friday that team facilities in Oakland, San Francisco and Santa Cruz to support voter participation in the 2020 General Election.
Former San Francisco Mayor Willie Brown's Frank Advice For Democrats On Violent ProtestsIf Democrats don’t denounce the violence associated with street protests, the Republicans could exploit the issue to their advantage in the election, said former San Francisco Mayor Willie Brown.
With Conventions In Rear-View Mirror, Bay Area Voters Look AheadThe GOP wrapped up it's convention Thursday night, hammering away at its law-and-order message as both parties gear up for the final stretch of the presidential campaign.
'He Paid With His Life' During COVID-19 Pandemic; San Francisco Woman Delivers Emotional Convention SpeechAnger welled up in Kristin Urquiza's voice. Her beloved father was among the hundreds of thousands who have died during COVID-19 pandemic. His "only preexisting condition was trusting Donald Trump."
'That's How It All Started'; Bay Area Roots Run Deep For VP Candidate Kamala HarrisHours before Kamala Harris took the stage for the first time as Joe Biden’s vice presidential pick, she received a text message from a childhood classmate with photos from their school days.
Some Bay Area Progressives Reluctant To Support Sen. Harris As VPWhile Sen. Kamala Harris has sizable support in the Bay Area, she was not the first choice for vice president among many progressives, even with her strong local base.
Sonoma County Sheriff Poised To Challenge Oversight Ballot MeasureSonoma County Sheriff Mark Essick appears poised to challenge a ballot measure that would give more powers to the watchdog office that oversees his department.
SFMTA Board Latest To Approve Caltrain Ballot Measure Before Friday DeadlineThe San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency's Board of Directors unanimously approved putting an eighth-cent sales tax on the November ballot to fund Caltrain during a special meeting Wednesday morning.
Santa Clara County Supes Approve Putting Caltrain Sales Tax On BallotThe Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday unanimously voted to approve putting an eighth-cent sales tax on the November ballot to fund Caltrain, the latest development in a contentious regional debate over the future of the transit agency.
Concord City Council Approves Sales Tax Extension, Increase For November BallotConcord voters will be presented in November with a ballot measure on whether to approve extending and increasing a sales tax city leaders expect will raise about $27 million a year for myriad municipal needs.
California, Florida, Texas Will Lose House Seats With Trump Immigrant Voting OrderIf President Donald Trump succeeds in getting immigrants in the country illegally excluded from being counted in the redrawing of U.S. House districts, California, Florida and Texas would end up with one less congressional seat each than if every resident were counted, according to an analysis by a think tank.
Oakland Voters To Decide On Ballot Measure Strengthening Police CommissionOakland city councilmembers resolved on Thursday to put a measure to strengthen the police commission before voters in Noveber.
San Jose Council Votes To Put ‘Strong Mayor’ Proposal On November BallotA measure to reform the city of San Jose's campaign finance and conflict-of-interest laws, increase the mayor's power and add two years to current Mayor Liccardo's term will be on the November ballot after a city council vote.

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Prop 16: California's Chance To Reaffirm Affirmative ActionIn November, California voters will go to the polls to vote on Proposition 16, a measure that would lift the state’s ban on considering race, gender or ethnicity in admission and hiring decisions at colleges and universities.
Facebook To Give Paid Time Off To Employees Who Volunteer As Poll WorkersFacebook will give additional paid time off to employees who volunteer as poll workers during the election.
California Secretary of State Discusses Voting, Safe Access During November ElectionCalifornia Secretary of State Alex Padilla spoke to reporters Wednesday about voting access and safety this year during the pandemic.
Expansion Of California Data Privacy Law Qualifies For November BallotCalifornia voters will decide a ballot measure this November that would give them more power over how companies use their data.
California Enacts Law Requiring Mail-In Ballots Sent To All Voters For November Presidential ElectionGov. Gavin Newsom signed a bill Thursday to require county officials to mail a ballot to every registered voter for the November election, cementing into law the Democratic governor’s earlier order to mail out ballots statewide in response to the coronavirus outbreak.
Challenge To California Law Giving Gig Workers Benefits Will Go On November BallotA ballot initiative backed by Uber, Lyft and DoorDash is set to go before California voters in November, which if passed, would exclude the companies from a new law giving more benefits and wage protections to gig workers.

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