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Election Day: Ballots and Buses

By Dateline Staff on October 31, 2016 in University

Need a ride to the polls? Hop on Unitrans, which is providing free rides for everyone on Election Day. Need a place to vote on campus? You have two options, provided you are a registered Yolo County voter.

The campus will have two polling places:

Registered voters in eight precincts have been assigned to one or the other of these polling places (check your sample ballot or use this online tool to determine your Yolo County polling place). But other people may also use the campus polling places, as follows:

  • If you are a registered voter of Yolo County, you can choose a campus polling place over your assigned polling place — but keep in mind you will be casting a provisional ballot. (The county registrar of voters encourages people to vote at their assigned polling places, and thus avoid having to fill out paperwork for provisional ballots.)
  • If you are a registered voter of Yolo County, and you have a vote-by-mail ballot, you may drop it off at either of the campus polling places.

Note: Provisional ballots and vote-by-mail ballots dropped off at polling places will not be counted on election night. They’ll be counted later, after processing and verification, and included in the final vote tally.

The registrar also reminded: If you’re mailing your ballot, be sure to have it postmarked no later than Election Day. And, for people going to the polls, the registrar encourages you to do your homework beforehand, fill out your sample ballot, then bring it to the polls so that you can quickly transfer your choices to your official ballot in the voting both.

Look up your polling place in another county:

Or, check your registration status and find your polling place anywhere in California.

Polling place hours: 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Ride for free on Election Day

You might not need a bus ride to the polls, and you might not even need a fare waiver (undergraduates and others already ride for free), but the ASUCD-city bus system hopes the gesture of free rides will remind you that it’s Election Day and you need to vote!

“It’s about raising awareness,” Unitrans General Manager Anthony Palmere said in June when the bus system waived fares for the primary election.

Unitrans set the plan in motion at the request of a UC Davis law student, Lars Reed, who had heard about other cities offering free bus rides to the polls. “Anything to make it easier to get to the polling place is a good thing,” Reed said.

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About the author(s)

Dateline Staff Dave Jones, editor, can be reached at 530-752-6556 or Cody Kitaura, news and media relations specialist, can be reached at 530-752-1932 or