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Manteca, Ripon, Lathrop voters are selecting SJ supervisors
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Manteca voters on Tuesday — for the first time in more than 40 years — will be casting ballots for a San Joaquin County Board of Supervisor to represent the entire city and not just half of it.

The races for the District 3 representing Manteca, Lathrop, the Delta area and part of northwest Stockton as well as District 5 representing Ripon, rural south Manteca, Tracy, and Mountain House are the top local contests.

Manteca, up until redistricting in 2021, was split for decades between two districts.

The dividing line has always been Yosemite Avenue.

Seeking election to the District 3 seat are former Manteca Mayor Steve DeBrum, current Lathrop Mayor Sonny Dhaliwal, and Stockton small business owner Angel Sepulveda.

Current District 3 incumbent Tom Patti is being termed out as supervisors can only serve for two 8-year terms.

Patti is in a six-way race for the Stockton mayoral post.

Seeking the District 5 seat is incumbent and former Tracy mayor Robert Rickman, current Tracy Mayor Nancy Young and retired school teacher Wes Huffman.

If no one secures 50 percent plus at least one vote in the Tuesday supervisor races, the two vote getters will advance to a run-off in the Nov. 5 general election

Voters can cast ballots by:

*Mailing them in.

*Dropping them off 24/7 at the secured ballot box locations at Ripon, Manteca, and Lathrop city halls

*Dropping them off at the county elections office.

*Dropping them off on election day at polling places..

*Voting in person at your assigned polling location.

Additional information about voting is available by calling 209-468-8683.

The 1,100-pound red, white, and blue box with the Registrar of Voters logo and a supersized QR scan code is located in the Manteca Civic Center breezeway across from the front entrance of the Manteca Police Station.

It is accessible from parking lots off of Center Street and Cherry Lane.  

If past trends hold, 10 percent or so of the 366,000 registered voters in the county will cast their ballots in person on Tuesday, March 5, between 7 a.m. and 8 p.m. at 153 various polling locations.

And those that do will have the option of actually making sure their ballot is counted before they leave the polling place.

They can do so by running it through a scanner at the polling places.

Once scanned, the votes are stored on an electronic device that is not connected to a computer or has Internet access capabilities.

After the polls close and the device along with dropped off mail-in ballots and other ballots that were cast in person are taken to a secure locating in Stockton, the scanned votes are downloaded via a USB flash drive.

Those votes scanned in that manner — as well as all mail-in ballots that were received by Friday (March 1) before the election that have been processed — will be part of the first count results.

The other votes cast at the polling places are counted next given their signatures have already been verified against the official voting rolls at the polling locations.

The mail-in ballots dropped off at the polling places on election on Election Day and received in the mail after Friday and are postmarked no later than March 5 are then processed.

It takes three scans to do so.

The first is to retrieve the signature.

The second is to compare it with all signatures of that voter on file.

The third is by precinct to tally the vote.

It is the main reason why — along with various provisional ballots where information of the voters connected with ballots cast needs to be verified — it can take several weeks for the “final” unofficial tally to be announced.

In the last election, 135,000 of the 175,000 mail-in ballots cast were received on the final Monday and Tuesday.

 

To contact Dennis Wyatt, email dwyatt@mantecabulletin.com