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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.

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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