Election 2020 local results: a roundup of original reporting

Voting at Los Altos Youth Center
Zoe Morgan/Town Crier

Preliminary voting results in Santa Clara County left only a few local races up-in-the-air the day after polls closed.

Latest election news

• Just the numbers: Latest updated election results for all local races

• Meadows, Weinberg expected to win Los Altos council seats, Lee Eng to be re-elected

• Early returns show incumbents retaining seats in Mtn. View council race

• Mtn. View’s parking ban on RVs finding voter approval

• Neck-and-neck race for county board of education seat

• Somersille, incumbents lead in El Camino Healthcare District race

Leadup to Election Day: How the Races took shape

• Over $500K pours into county board of education race

• Campaign signs disrupt Los Altos Hills council election

• Lee Eng takes lead in funding for Los Altos council race

• Alternating loans fund Hills council candidate slate

• Incumbents still lead funding in ECH district board race

• Local State Senate race features Los Altos’ Glew

• Mailers, FPPC complaint shade Mtn. View council race

• Los Altos City Council candidates’ signs vandalized

• Campaign signs disrupt Los Altos Hills council election

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Olivia Treynor/Town Crier Editorial Intern
Election signs at the corner of Phyllis and El Camino Real.

ENDORSEMENTS

The Town Crier Editorial Board, which is separate and independent from the newsroom, has made endorsements in six local races. You can find their opinions collected in one place here, or scroll down to find news coverage as well as endorsements organized by race.

How-to-Vote Q&A

We asked the registrar what common errors most often disqualify a mail-in ballot or require follow-up with the voter. Missing or mismatched signatures on the envelope are far and away the most common error. Multiple readers wrote in with logistical questions about that all-important signature: 

Q: Where can I see what signature the registrar is using to confirm my identity? My signature may have changed since I first registered to vote.
A: The registrar uses the DMV database for its signature comparison, so take a look at your driver’s license to see what you must match. If you have never gotten a license, the registrar uses secondary records including the signature on your voter registration paperwork.
Q: The mail-in ballot envelope has my full name, including my middle name. Will my vote be counted if I signed without my middle name?
A: You don’t need to sign with your middle name. Sign the same way you did at the DMV.
Q: What if I mess up my signature? Can I white it out and try again?
A: Cross out the error and re-sign your ballot correctly. Don’t use white out.
Q: What happens if my signature gets rejected?
A: The registrar will send a request to your postal address asking you to verify your signature.

Candidate Profiles

We’ve counted no fewer than 50 candidates vying for five school district boards, three city councils, one healthcare district and one water district in our local sphere of influence.

The Town Crier has Q&A style profiles of each candidate in local races, and the newspaper's editorial board offered candidate endorsements in most of the races. 

•  Three candidates are running for two seats on the MVLA District Board of Trustees. Read our endorsement. 

MVLA Trustee candidates

•  Two candidates are running for one seat on the Santa Clara County Board of Education. Read our endorsement. 

County Board of Education candidates

•  Five candidates are running for three seats on the El Camino Healthcare District board. Read our endorsement. 

El Camino Hospital board candidates

• Seven candidates are running for three seats on the Los Altos City Council. Read our endorsement.

Los Altos candidates

• Five candidates are are running for Los Altos Hills City Council. Read our endorsement

Los Altos Hills 2020 candidates

 • Nine candidates are are running for Mountain View City Council. Read our endorsement

Mountain View Council 2020 candidates

• Four candidates are competing for three open seats in the Foothill De Anza School Board race. Read our endorsement.

Foothill 2020 candidates

• Four candidates are competing for two open seats in the Cupertino Union School District. Read our endorsement.

cupertino 2020 candidates

Two glaring omissions among our coverage of local school districts: Both the Los Altos School District and the Fremont Union High School District (two incumbents running for two seats in each district) are not having races due to a lack of challengers. 

More election coverage

• Potentially misleading ‘Cops Voter Guide’ arrives in residents’ mailboxes

• Mah draws criticism for use of congressman’s quote in mailer

• Los Altos is way behind on building state-required affordable housing – hear from its city council candidates on what to do next.

• Fire loomed large in a Los Altos Hills City Council candidate forum that also discussed internet and phone service and affordable housing.

• Mountain View's Measure C brings quality-of-life debates to the forefront this election in its restrictions on where people can live in cars. 

• The Town Crier is hosting a weekly series of election questions with answers from the county’s Registrar of Voters 

• Four candidates have raised more than $10k but one had a large lead in campaign funding for the Los Altos City Council race. In Los Altos Hills, fundraising for the council race has been more limited. Meanwhile, El Camino Hospital Board candidates have been raising a lot of money.

Los Altos council candidates discuss consensus building, fiscal responsibility

• Ballots are being mailed to every registered voter in California by Oct. 5 – learn more about where and when to return them.

• The League of Women Voters has scheduled a series of webinars where you can learn about local candidates and issues

• The seven candidates running Los Altos City Council presented their platforms and discussed struggling businesses and fiscal responsibility

• Los Altos candidates talk equal pay in advance of Sept. 30 voter forum

• Los Altos candidates respond to a question about senior needs

• Council candidates answer questions about affordable housing in Los Altos

• Los Altos Council candidates address environmental issues in a Q&A

• Candidates address issue of systemic racism

• Two incumbents declined to run for re-election in Los Altos Hills

• The candidate filing period has closed – who's headed for the ballot?

Endorsements

The Town Crier offers paid political endorsement ads during the campaign season – learn more how you can submit your support for a candidate.

Our reporters and editors take no political stances during their coverage of election season. But the publishers issue endorsements in some local and regional races.

Preparing to Vote

Find nearby voting centers here and learn more about voting by mail here.

Regional races

• Three local tax measures face voters in November

• A guide to weighing the ballot propositions this election

Learn more about who's running for state senate, assembly and Congress here. You can also educated yourself about statewide measures coming to the ballot.

 

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