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This year, Valley Public Radio is doing elections coverage differently. We’re asking listeners and residents, what do you want candidates to talk about? Are you concerned about healthcare, housing, or homelessness?We put out a survey from July through October to find out. More than 150 residents throughout the San Joaquin Valley took the survey.The most concerning issue for many is how the economy will recover from COVID-19. Others identified housing and homelessness in local communities as a major issue; others were most concerned for the environment. As we interview candidates and continue our election coverage, we’ll keep these responses in mind. You can keep up with our coverage on this page, or send questions about our process to Laura Tsutsui at ltsutsui@kvpr.org.

Where To Find The Latest San Joaquin Valley Election Results

The California Secretary of State website is where results for state and federal races are consolidated, but sorting out the information county by county requires more work, and website links.

While voting has ended, the tabulation of ballots continues through the end of this month. County election clerks have until December 4 to send results to the Secretary of State, which means in some particularly close races, a winner may not be obvious for a few weeks. 

The Valley Public Radio team will continue to report on the latest, but you can also find this data on your own. 

Congressional Races 

The California Secretary of State’s website has state propositions, U.S. House of Representatives, State Senate and State Assembly race results on its website. You can also look at the breakdown of the results for each race by County. 

There, you can see who’s in the lead for Congressional District 4 (currently represented by Tom McClintock), Congressional District 16 (represented by Jim Costa), Congressional District 21 (represented by TJ Cox), District 22 (represented by Devin Nunes), and District 23 (represented by Kevin McCarthy).

As a note, the Secretary of State website results may say 100 percent of “precincts partially reporting.” The report is partial because vote-by-mail, provisional and other ballots are still being processed. 

County Election offices report to the Secretary of State; however, sometimes there is a slight delay between the websites. 

County, City, And Other Local Races

The Fresno County Registrar of Voters is updating results on its website. That’s where you can see the latest results in school board races, city councils, various school bonds, and other local measures. 

Kern County also has a website, where you can see results for local school board races, the Arvin City mayor, Bakersfield, McFarland and other municipality council members, and various school bonds.  

Kings County Election results can be found on the county website by clicking the most recently published General Election Report. The report lists results for community college board races; school boards; Hanford, Avenal and Lemoore city council members; and some local measures.

The Madera County Elections office is updating results on its website, where you can see returns for local school boards, Madera mayor, council members, and a cannabis tax measure. 

Mariposa County’s results can be found on its website where the linked PDF for Tuesday’s race is updated as ballots are processed. Along with state and federal races, the report lists results for Measure N, and two school board races.  

Merced County’s election results can be found on its website. The report covers races for community college boards, school districts, various mayoral and city council members, and one local measure. 

Tulare County’s results can be found by downloading the most recently published “Election Night Results Report” or “Excel Report” from its website. That’s where you can find results for local school boards, a county supervisor race, city council member races, and a handful of local measures.

Laura Tsutsui was a reporter and producer for Valley Public Radio. She joined the station in 2017 as a news intern, and later worked as a production assistant and weekend host. Laura covered local issues ranging from politics to housing, and produced the weekly news program Valley Edition. She left the station in November 2020.
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