Despite presidential, congressional and state office primaries, numerous statewide initiatives and a Cupertino Union School District bond measure on the ballot, only slightly more than 37 percent of eligible Santa Clara County voters participated in the June 5 Presidential Primary Election.
Numbers specific to the Los Altos area were unavailable as of the Town Crier’s press deadline.
According to the Santa Clara County Registrar of Voters, the majority of those who voted submitted Vote by Mail ballots. Only 6.48 percent of voters cast their ballots at polling locations. Another 6,600 provisional ballots will be added to the vote total by July 5.
A $220 million bond measure for the improvement of school facilities in the Cupertino Union School District won approval from 66.16 percent of voters. Approximately 800 Los Altos students attend Cupertino schools, including Cupertino Junior High School and Montclaire Elementary School, located at 1160 St. Joseph Ave. in Los Altos.
According to district officials, the bond mandates that homeowners pay an additional $29 per $100,000 of assessed valuation the year after the first series of bonds is sold and the year the last series of bonds is sold.
Winning candidates for local office include termed-out state Sen. Joe Simitian, who received 58.3 percent of the votes to capture the District 5 seat on the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors. Assemblyman Rich Gordon, a Democrat who represents Los Altos and District 21, retained his seat with 55.39 percent of the vote.
Incumbent U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein, a Democrat, won 59.96 percent of the vote, and will face Republican Elizabeth Emken, who won 8.86 percent, in the Nov. 6 general election.
U.S. Rep. Anna G. Eshoo, a Democrat who represents Los Altos in the new 18th congressional district, won her primary easily, with 59.86 percent of the vote in Santa Clara County. Eshoo will run against Republican Dave Chapman in the general election.
County Registrar of Voters officials said the elections ran smoothly despite recent redistricting and changes to the collection of ballots. Volunteers from the Kiwanis Club of Los Altos acted as couriers, gathering and delivering ballots to the Registrar of Voters’ office election night after polls closed.
For a full list of election results, visit www.sccgov.org/elections/results/jun2012.