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The Tuesday, Nov. 8 Consolidated District Election will see three local area school districts with contested elections as well as the City of Oakdale’s Measure O sales tax initiative on the ballot. Polls open at 7 a.m. and close at 8 p.m. on Election Day.

The Oakdale Joint Unified School District has four candidates running for two open seats. Running for the Area 1 seat shared with San Joaquin County are incumbent Mike Tozzi and educational audiologist Synthia L. Jones. The Area 2 candidates are appointed incumbent Rick W. Jones and substitute teacher/businesswoman Tina M. Shatswell.

The Valley Home Joint School District, an area shared with San Joaquin County, has four candidates running for three open seats. Those candidates are incumbent Don J. Taro, appointed incumbent Heather G. Duvall, farmer Larry Betschart, and homemaker Shara Ruddy.

Knights Ferry School District is also seeing a race for this year’s election with three candidates vying for two open seats. The candidates are incumbent Sherron McCarthy, incumbent Maureen McKibban, and behavior analyst Kym Cassaretto.

Oakdale’s Measure O is proposing an additional half-cent increase to all taxable items. If passed, the money will go into the city’s general fund with the intent for it to be used for senior citizen and emergency services.

Election Day ballot counts will be posted on the Stanislaus County Registrar of Voters website at following the close of polls at 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 8.

Results of the first ballots counted will be released starting at approximately 8:15 p.m. on Election Day at the Election Office and on the website. Continuous updates will be released throughout the evening until the election night count is completed.

Canvass of the Vote will be Wednesday, Nov. 9 starting at 9 a.m. The canvass will continue daily, except Saturday, Sunday, and holidays until complete.

In order to be counted, the Office of Registrar of Voters must receive absentee ballots before the close of polls (8 p.m.) on Election Day. Absentee voters may return it in person to any polling place in their county or to the county elections office on Election Day. Regardless of the postmark date, a ballot is late and not counted if it is not received at a county polling location or in the office on Election Day.

In order to vote in an election, a person must be registered at least 15 days prior to the election day. A person is entitled to register to vote in Stanislaus County if they are a U.S. citizen, a resident of California, a resident of Stanislaus County, not in prison or on parole for the conviction of a felony, and at least 18 years of age on the date of the election.

For more information contact the county registrar’s office at 525-5200 or go to the website