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By Shelby Mack / The Californian
By THE BAKERSFIELD CALIFORNIAN
The campaign stumping, debates, ads and attacks are -- mercifully -- over. Now it's time to VOTE!
Here's what you need to know:
Tune in from 6 to 10 p.m. today for a special election-night video webcast on bakersfield.com.
The webcast will stream live from The Californian newsroom and will feature the latest election news and results, analysis and interviews with a variety of special guests, including several local politicians.
Hosts will include Californian President and CEO Richard Beene; Californian Editorial Page Editor Robert Price; and Louis Amestoy, The Californian's digital convergence editor.
When can I vote?
Polls are open 7 a.m.-8 p.m. Tuesday. There will be a vote-by-mail ballot curbside ballot drop-off site until 8 p.m. on N Street next to the County Administrative Building in downtown Bakersfield, 1115 Truxtun Ave.
Where do I go?
Your polling site is listed on the back of the sample ballot mailed to you. You also can find yours online at Elections.co.kern.ca.us using the "Your polling place" link or by calling Kern County elections at 868-3590 or 800-452-8683.
What should I bring?
You don't need an ID unless it's the first time you're voting in a federal election and you registered by mail. Nor do you need a pen or pencil.
Make a "cheat sheet" with your choices pre-marked for reference.
When's the best time to go to the polls?
Officials recommend mid-morning or mid-afternoon to avoid long lines that usually form before and after work times, and at lunchtime.
What's on the ballot?
All of us are picking a president, a U.S. senator, a congressman and a member of the state Assembly, plus deciding a slew of state ballot propositions.
If you live in northwest and northeast Kern County, you're probably also choosing a 1st District county supervisor.
There are several Bakersfield City Council seats up for grabs, though only one race is competitive. Several school board races and school bond measures are also on the ballot.
What if I still have questions?
There's a treasure trove of information on The Californian's election web page, bakersfieldcalifornian.com/politics.
There you'll find:
* Stories profiling the candidates for major local offices such as county supervisor, state Assembly and Congress.
* Links to the Kern County and state elections websites for voter information and election-night results.
* A link to the county's polling place locator.
And again, the Kern County elections office can be reached at 868-3590 or 800-452-8683.