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Cast Your Votes Today (No Excuses!)

Where, when and on what to vote. Check back tonight for election results.

Today is the big day. Voting begins at 7 a.m., Nov. 8, and runs until 8 p.m. While there are no national issues being decided, a number of local elections will be up for consideration.

Are you registered but thinking of blowing it off? Can we guilt you into voting?

A little thing called democracy is at stake here. Anybody who says, “Hey, It’s a free country” and then fails to vote really ought to be tarred and feathered — or at least be the target of a Bronx cheer.

Even worse, any non-voter who complains about the big decisions being made around town by our elected officials should have to work at a voting station at the next general election to form an appreciation for the process.

Back to Election Day …

You can find your local polling place and see exactly what's on your ballot (if you didn't already receive it in the mail), by typing in your address at marinvotes.org.

Check back on Patch after 8 p.m. for live results throughout the evening, until the races are called.

What are we voting for? Let’s check out the ballot.

Novato City Council (Pick three): Manny Fernandez, Jerome Ghigliotti, Madeline Kellner, Eric Lucan, Jeanne MacLeamy, Leslie Peterson Schwarze, Eleanor Sluis.

Novato Sanitary District (pick two): Suzanne Brown Crow, John Coleman, Jean Mariani, Jerry Peters, George Quesada

Novato Fire District (pick three): Gary Butler, Jim Galli, Tomas Kaselionis, Tom Ryan, Lj Silverman

Novato Unified School District (pick four): Debbie Butler, Cindi Clinton, Tom Cooper, Ross Millerick , Nicole Tedeschi Blok, Jeffrey Lee Vaillant

Marin Community College District: (Pick four): Philip J. Kranenburg, Joan Lisetor, Eva Long, James Namnath, Stephanie O'Brien, Peter Romanowsky, Jack Wilkinson.

Study up and make your picks.

Kevin November 08, 2011 at 02:24 PM
"Even worse, any non-voter who complains about the big decisions being made around town by our elected officials should have to work at a voting station at the next general election to form an appreciation for the process" Well put Brent!!! If you don't vote don't complain!!
John Coleman November 08, 2011 at 02:40 PM
Vote John J.Coleman Novato Sanitary District .
Lauren November 08, 2011 at 03:29 PM
I proudly voted for Suzanne Brown Crow. She only owes me (and all of us) her continued promise to serve ethically and honestly and do what's best for our community. I fully trust she had the expertise to do just that. Vote Crow today -- let's keep the "public" in public service!
Worry November 08, 2011 at 04:17 PM
City council candidates Shwarze, Lucan & Sluis have all stated they will stop the building of the downtown city hall. Each has indicated it is financially irresponsible and will have a negative effect on downtown parking.
Renee November 08, 2011 at 04:27 PM
GO Shwarze, Lucan, and Sluis!!!
Steven Norwin November 08, 2011 at 05:05 PM
Go Schwarze, Ghigliotti and Sluis!!!
Tina McMillan November 08, 2011 at 05:07 PM
West Novato folks please double check your polling place. Some have changed from Sinaloa to Open Door Christian Church! LESLIE PETERSON SHCWARZE FOR CITY COUNCIL MARIANI AND PETERS FOR SANITARY DISTRICT
Susan Clark November 08, 2011 at 05:09 PM
Were was Eric Lucan during the last year? NOT ONCE did he stand up for Novato. He's a follower and will do as he's told. Don't let his "the whole package looks" fool you. We need change, not the same old same old!
Susan Clark November 08, 2011 at 05:11 PM
John Coleman for Novato Sanitary District!
Tom S Baker November 08, 2011 at 06:21 PM
My Sanitary District vote just went to Susan Crow and John coleman . Please do the same as the best two for the job
Patty Maher November 08, 2011 at 06:40 PM
I'm most interested in the NUSD board of trustees and city council elections. I did my part. I voted.
c.richards November 08, 2011 at 07:15 PM
I disagree.If you do not know the issues or the platforms of the canidates please DO NOT vote.
Cliff Jacobs November 08, 2011 at 07:26 PM
Hi Tom - I am not disagreeing with you, but what makes them the best two for the job? I am very interested in this particular election, but have not really heard much substance about what results these two will produce. Can you help shed some light on this for me and the other readers?
Cliff Jacobs November 08, 2011 at 07:29 PM
I have heard Mr. Ghigliotti speak publicly during the weeks leading up to today's vote, and I am confident that he is very knowledgeable about the issues concerning Novato, and will make a difference in a positive way for the stakeholders of Novato.
jason November 08, 2011 at 07:57 PM
Manny Fernandez is a man with ambition compassion and change his main focus is building a stronger safer secure future for our community. Voteforfernandez.com is where you should be researching if you havent already considerd a candidate 2011 Novato Need's A man like Manny to get Novato up to par. Manny For Novato City Council couldnt see it anyother way.
Tina McMillan November 08, 2011 at 08:26 PM
Cliff If you read the Patch articles on the Sanitary District with commentaries I think you will find Marianni and Peters are better candidates. There is a lot of detail about how Veolia plays into this.
Linda November 08, 2011 at 09:29 PM
All my neighbors here in the senior citizens retirement home voted for John Coleman for Sanitary District Board Member. He was here three weeks ago and told us the truth as to what is going on at the Sanitary District. We also met his dog Archie , who is very well behaved.
Cliff Jacobs November 08, 2011 at 09:35 PM
Thank you Tina. I did just that and am better informed for it. Much appreciated.
Born & raised November 08, 2011 at 11:18 PM
Vote for Archie!
Scott Warner November 09, 2011 at 03:33 PM
I am proud to have voted - but the continued low voter turnout is problematic. In a non-partisan way, we need to push the campaign to have 100% voter turnout. Impossible? Maybe...but without it, our representative form of government suffers.
Tina McMillan November 09, 2011 at 05:21 PM
Post from last night.... "Lee Hamovitz 10:33pm on Tuesday, November 8, 2011 City of Novato - Member, City Council Total Number of Precincts 30 Precincts Reporting 30 100.0 % Vote For 3 Times Counted 8001/28228 28.3 % means 8001 ballots were cast out of possible 28228 Total Votes 19.887 with each ballot allowed to vote up to 3 candidates ERIC LUCAN 4303 21.64% JEANNE MACLEAMY 3974 19.98% MADELINE R. KELLNER 3555 17.88% LESLIE P. SCHWARZE 3469 17.44% JEROME J. GHIGLIOTTI 2000 10.06% ELEANOR SLUIS 1536 7.72% MANNY FERNANDEZ 1015 5.10% Write-in Votes 35 0.18% So... Lucan received 4,303 votes / 8001 ballots = 53.78 % MacLeamy 3974 = 49.67 Kellner 3555 = 44.43 Schwarze 3469 = 43.35 JJGjr 2000 (nice round number) = 24.99 Sluis 1536 = 19.20 Fernandez 1015 = 12.69 write-in 35 = 0.004374453193351 That's a better measure of support, showing the percentage of voters who supported a particular candidate."
Tina McMillan November 09, 2011 at 05:29 PM
I posted Lee's numbers to show how close the voting is between candidates in the third and fourth spots. There is a difference of only 86 votes and Madeline in the third spot had the largest campaign financing of any candidate. Eric's was second. To me this says the council must continue to listen to all voices recognizing the need to change how city government engages their constituents. For starters the idea of building downtown offices needs to be put to a vote. Eric is only one voice. If we want him to succeed in being heard then we need to add our voices to his.
Lee Hamovitz November 09, 2011 at 05:52 PM
Numbers: City of Novato - Council Totals Counted 8001 of 28228 possible voters 28.3 % 8001 ballots were cast out of possible 28228 Total Votes 19.887, with each ballot allowed to vote up to 3 candidates ERIC LUCAN 4303 21.64% JEANNE MACLEAMY 3974 19.98% MADELINE R. KELLNER 3555 17.88% LESLIE P. SCHWARZE 3469 17.44% JEROME J. GHIGLIOTTI 2000 10.06% ELEANOR SLUIS 1536 7.72% MANNY FERNANDEZ 1015 5.10% Write-in Votes 35 0.18% So... Lucan 4,303 votes / 8001 ballots = 53.78 % MacLeamy 3974 = 49.67 Kellner 3555 = 44.43 Schwarze 3469 = 43.35 JJGjr 2000 (nice round number) = 24.99 Sluis 1536 = 19.20 Fernandez 1015 = 12.69 That's a better measure of support, showing the percentage of voters who supported a particular candidate. But NONE of the "winners" should let this go to their head. NO ONE really liked them, if you figure support based on the number of registered voters. If you consider the possible universe then even the "winners" did stinky. Only 28.3% of the 28,228 registered voters actually voted. That means: LUCAN............ 4303 actual / 28228 possible = 15.24 % MACLEAMY.. 3974 = 14.08 % KELLNER...... 3555 = 12.59 % SCHWARZE...3469 = 12.29 % GHIGLIOTTI....2000 = 7.09 % SLUIS........... 1536 = 5.44 % FERNANDEZ. 1015 = 3.60 % Even Mr. Lucan only "pleased" 15.24 % of Novato voters. However you slice it, they have NO mandate and barely any support in this town

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