Fresno Ballot Returns at 35% as Biden Campaigns for Newsom
On the last full day of the campaign to recall Gov. Gavin Newsom, both the no on recall and yes on recall sides plan to finish strong.
President Joe Biden travels to California for the first time as president, campaigning for Newsom at a 7 p.m. event at Long Beach City College.
Biden is mixing business too, traveling to Boise, Idaho, in the morning and the Sacramento area in the afternoon to discuss wildfires. The president is expected to arrive at the Sacramento Mather Airport at 2:15 p.m. and tour the Caldor Fire in El Dorado County. He is scheduled to deliver remarks back at the airport at 4:25 p.m. before departing for southern California.
GOP’s Kiley Makes Fresno Stop Tonight
Kevin Kiley, the Republican assemblyman from Rocklin running as a replacement for Newsom, scheduled a campaign stop for 5:30 tonight at the Fresno County Republican Party headquarters, 770 E. Shaw Avenue, suite 220.
Another Republican replacement candidate, businessman John Cox, is making stops today in Sacramento at the State Capitol and in Yountville at The French Laundry restaurant.
Conservative talk show host Larry Elder, who polls highest among Newsom’s potential replacements, complete “Recall Express” bus tour today in Monterey Park, Los Angeles, and San Pedro.
Local Turnout at 35%
As of Monday morning, 174,917 Fresno County voters had already turned in ballots, either through the mail, drop boxes, or in early in-person voting.
The county lists 501,955 total registered voters, meaning 35% have already voted. During the November 2020 election, 63% of voters had turned in ballots one day before the election.
Overall county turnout for the November 2020 presidential election was 75% and 42% for the March 2020 presidential primary/local elections.
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Where to Vote in Fresno County
The county has 44 voting centers open today and tomorrow between 7 a.m. and 8 p.m. A list of them can be found here. There are also several drop boxes, which can be found here.
Additionally, all ballots were sent with pre-paid return postage that can be sent through any mailbox. As long as it is postmarked by Tuesday and arrives by Sept. 21, the vote will count.
Both major county political parties are planning local watch parties on Tuesday night.
Local Democrats plan to meet at Full Circle Brewery in downtown Fresno; the Republicans will gather at Cool Hand Luke’s in Clovis.