Berkeley Election 2020 stay weblog: Information, updates and outcomes

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Bookmark this stay weblog for Berkeley Election 2020 updates and go to our election outcomes tracker.

9:45 p.m.

Don’t be thrown by the discover on election outcomes that claims 100% of the precincts have reported. These don’t mirror any mail-in ballots, in order that they actually aren’t related given how folks voted in 2020. The registrar of voters put out a second set of figures simply earlier than 9:30 p.m. Not one of the numbers actually shifted. About 28,000 Berkeley ballots have been counted. The races to observe proper now embody West Berkeley’s District 2 and Measure HH, the proposed utility consumer’s tax. See all the outcomes.

9:25 p.m.

In a Zoom session, Mayor Jesse Arreguin remarked on what seems to be a commanding lead: “I’m actually inspired by the sturdy assist we’ve from voters throughout the board for a lot of the incumbents. I’m actually humbled and inspired by the sturdy displaying. It was a difficult race run through the pandemic.”

A screenshot of Tuesday night time’s Zoom assembly for Jesse Arreguin’s mayoral marketing campaign. Picture: Frances Dinkelspiel

9:05 p.m.

Shortly earlier than the primary spherical of outcomes got here out, Berkeleyside’s Supriya Yelimeli paid a go to to College Board candidate Michael Chang. He was watching nationwide election information in his massive, tiered yard along with his marketing campaign group. Screens had been taking part in CNN, MSNBC and FOX information stations. Chang — at the moment in third place in a race with two open seats — says he’s pleased with his marketing campaign, which was largely organized by younger folks. Chang mentioned he’ll proceed to work with the Berkeley Unified College District it doesn’t matter what occurs within the election.

College Board candidate Michael Chang at a small viewing celebration at his house. Photograph: Supriya Yelimeli

8:45 p.m.

The primary batch of ballots exhibits incumbents solidly within the lead for mayor, District 3 (South Berkeley), District 5 (North Berkeley) and District 6 (Berkeley Hills). Cheryl Davila is at the moment in second place, behind Terry Taplin, in District 2 (West Berkeley), however Taplin doesn’t but have the 50% majority he would want to keep away from a ranked-choice runoff. See all of the Berkeley outcomes from the primary batch of ballots.

7:55 p.m.

Emilie right here, taking on for Tracey: Berkeleyside is ramping as much as share outcomes on all of the Berkeley candidates and measures. Bookmark our Election 2020 outcomes put up to see all of the stats after they come out. They need to be out there by about 8:30 p.m. and embody the majority of the mail-in ballots obtained previous to Election Day, the Alameda County registrar of voters informed us Monday.

6:43 p.m.

Sophie Hahn, up for reelection this 12 months for Berkeley Metropolis Council District 5, can also be on the Revival election celebration tonight. She mentioned she’s optimistic about her election after all of the legwork she’s put in during the last a number of years, however not feeling as positively concerning the nationwide election. She says campaigning throughout shelter in place has been lonely, and he or she’s wanting ahead to a time when everybody can return to their lives safely.

Sophie Hahn at an election night party in downtown Berkeley. Photo: Supriya Yelimeli
Sophie Hahn at an election night time celebration in downtown Berkeley. Photograph: Supriya Yelimeli

6:15 p.m.

Berkeley Mayor Jesse Arreguín, who will probably be maintaining an in depth eye on the mayoral race outcomes after they begin coming in later tonight, is amongst these attending an out of doors election celebration this night, hosted by Revival Bar & Kitchen in downtown Berkeley. Additionally in attendance: Councilmembers Kate Harrison and Ben Bartlett and Bartlett’s aide James Chang. Berkeleyside reporter Supriya Yelimeli is there now and spoke to the mayor who mentioned he’s cautiously optimistic about nationwide outcomes as Biden positive aspects a couple of states. Domestically, he mentioned so many individuals have voted by mail in Berkeley that the primary spherical of outcomes round 8:30 p.m. ought to be “fairly decisive.”

5:40 p.m.

Berkeleyside reporter Eden Teller talked to Dalton Steele (beneath) on the Northbrae voting heart on Tuesday night. Steele voted in individual as a result of he by no means acquired his mail-in poll (though he registered twice). It was his first time voting in Berkeley (final election, his poll acquired despatched to his dad and mom in Riverside County and he didn’t get to vote). “It’s tense, it’s lots,” he mentioned concerning the election. Steele’s household is fairly conservative and speaking about politics is difficult. “It’s very polarizing,” he mentioned. On the identical time, he encourages folks to work throughout variations and pay attention to one another: “Nobody’s ever had their thoughts modified by being punched within the face,” he mentioned. He’s pansexual and apprehensive about LGBTQ marriage rights. “Realizing that’s actually in jeopardy is de facto terrifying.”

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Dalton Steele: “It’s tense, it’s lots,” he mentioned concerning the election. Photograph: Eden Teller
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Andre Julien and Karen Jackson, self-described election junkies, exterior the Northbrae Group Church after they voted in individual. Photograph: Pete Rosos

Andre Julien and Karen Jackson, above, longtime Berkeleyans and self-described “election junkies,” had been additionally on the Northbrae voting heart. They voted in individual as a result of it’s custom and since, “we’re particularly motivated this 12 months,” mentioned Julien. Their son, who’s 19, voted for the primary time earlier right this moment. The couple have a map of the U.S. to fill in at house to maintain observe of senate races. “None is this may work with out the senate,” mentioned Jackson. Stated Julien: “I’m wanting ahead to a democratic win, get some extra sleep”

5:30 p.m.

On this necessary day…

At a time like this, when a lot is at stake each nationally and regionally, we hope you agree that an unbiased, nonprofit newsroom like Berkeleyside, and all of the native reporting and knowledge we offer to you year-round, isn’t solely important to a wholesome democracy, but in addition useful to you every day. As a matter of precept, as a result of we consider everybody in our group deserves to be stored knowledgeable with correct, reliable reporting, Berkeleyside’s journalism is free to all readers. 

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5:20 p.m.

The Berkeleyside group would love to listen to from readers right this moment and tonight. What are you seeing at Berkeley voting facilities? How are you watching the outcomes? Are you hoping to carry an election celebration, digital or in any other case? Please use the ideas type to ship in your ideas, images, movies and suggestions.

4:23 p.m.

Some extra dispatches from our reporters within the discipline right this moment…

Berkeley Excessive voting heart ballot employee Ken Boutte waits to gather drop off ballots. Boutte mentioned has seen a gradual improve in drop-off ballots during the last two days.  Photograph: Pete Rosos
Maitime Galero
Maitime Galeros. Photograph: Pete Rosos

Maitime Galeros, 24 (above), got here to the Ed Roberts Campus voting heart to vote in individual carrying a cheetah onesie. A Davis native, Galeros has been dwelling in Berkeley for 5 years and mentioned she prefers voting in individual.

Hasti McCarthy
Hasti McCarthy on the Ed Roberts Campus voting heart Tuesday. Photograph: Eden Teller

Hasti McCarthy (above), was born and raised within the East Bay, and voted in individual right this moment as a result of she had a reputation change and her poll got here together with her outdated identify, so she needed “to make certain that it was all legitimate I made a decision to vote in individual”. She was actually impressed by the cleanliness of the voting station, and shocked that there was no line however figured many individuals have already voted. “I’m so hopeful that Trump won’t be within the White Home anymore however I’m additionally very actively an area voter,” she mentioned. Requested about how the election was making her really feel, she shed a tear or two. “We’re so fortunate to do one thing like this, it’s a privilege,” she mentioned. “I’m a lady of colour who will get to vote and I don’t really feel like anybody’s making an attempt to take that away from me, and I’m one of many fortunate ones.”

Remesha Dorsey
Remesha Dorsey voted on the Ed Roberts Campus on Election Day. Photograph: Pete Rosos

Remesha Dorsey (above) has lived within the East Bay her entire life, and often votes together with her mother and grandma on the Sojourner Fact retirement house, however that polling location is now closed. Her household owned the Dorsey’s Locker bar on Shattuck Avenue. Dorsey introduced her son, daughter and niece (all adults) to vote at Ed Roberts campus right this moment, and wore an American flag visor for the event. “For years we’ve been doing this as a household,” she mentioned.

Prophet Sarhim
Prophet Sarhim voted on the Ed Roberts Campus right this moment. Photograph: Pete Rosos

Prophet Sarhim, 54 (above), was born in Oakland and lives in Berkeley. He mentioned he likes Berkeley as a result of it’s very politically aware. He mentioned he voted in individual right this moment as a result of, “I need to be certain my vote will get counted.” He’s listening to each the native and nationwide elections, however mentioned, “the native is essential as a result of it impacts our group.” Sarhim works for Lao Household Group Growth, serving to previously incarcerated folks with reentry, and desires to assist them register and vote. “Once they return from jail they’re taxpayers,” he mentioned. “None of that taxation with out illustration — they paid their debt to society.”

Doretta Smith
Doretta Smith. Photograph: Pete Rososo

Dorretta Smith, 50 (above), voted in individual on the Ed Roberts Campus, as a result of she at all times does. “It makes me really feel empowered,” she mentioned. Smith has two younger grownup children, and he or she mentioned it was like “pulling enamel” to get them to fill out their ballots. “They felt like I did once I was youthful, like [their] vote doesn’t matter. You’ve the chance to have a voice and for those who give that up, that’s on you.”

3:45 p.m.

3:30 p.m.

A number of companies in Berkeley have boarded up their façades, presumably fearing demonstrations tonight — whether or not celebratory or in protest mode — that would result in vandalism. Thus far our reporters have noticed coated home windows at Wells Fargo, USE Credit score Union, WeWork, Cell Kangaroo, Financial institution of America and Sweetgreen downtown, in addition to at Craft & Grapes at Telegraph Avenue and Blake Avenue. The town of Berkeley’s Workplace of Financial Growth despatched a be aware right this moment to the Berkeley Enterprise District Community citing “issues throughout the nation that election outcomes could end in protests, whatever the end result.” The town suggested retailers to take applicable precautions, if applicable, and mentioned the Berkeley Police had been “actively monitoring the state of affairs,” and that they had been “not conscious of any occasions targeted on Berkeley at the moment.”

2:20 p.m.

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The Berkeleyside Election Day reporting group — clockwise from prime left: Supriya Yelimeli, Eden Teller, Emilie Raguso, Pete Rosos, Frances Dinkelspiel and Tracey Taylor. Photographs: Sarah Gerber, Pete Rosos and courtesy

Meet your Berkeley Election Day reporting group (above). Together with staffers Frances, Emilie, Supriya and myself (Tracey), we’re joined this 12 months by contributing reporter Eden Teller (proud Berkeley Excessive class of 2013 who has beforehand interned with Berkeleyside not as soon as, however twice), and contributing photojournalist Pete Rosos, who’s labored with us for happening a decade. We’re out and about on the town speaking to voters, studying the ideas coming in from readers, monitoring social media and, later, after all, we’ll be watching and reporting on the outcomes as they arrive in.

This isn’t our first rodeo: we’ve offered stay protection to Berkeleyans since 2012. And it at all times works greatest whenever you, out locally, share your images, observations and studies. Achieve this through the use of our suggestions type.

Oh, and in case you’re in Oakland and pondering, “wouldn’t it’s nice to have nice election protection right here”? You’ve acquired it — simply head on over to our sister web site, The Oaklandside, and take a look at its nice stay Election Day weblog.

2 p.m.

On this necessary day…

At a time like this, when a lot is at stake each nationally and regionally, we hope you agree that an unbiased, nonprofit newsroom like Berkeleyside, and all of the native reporting and knowledge we offer to you year-round, isn’t solely important to a wholesome democracy, but in addition useful to you every day. As a matter of precept, as a result of we consider everybody in our group deserves to be stored knowledgeable with correct, reliable reporting, Berkeleyside’s journalism is free to all readers. 

We rely on members to maintain our work. When you can, assist our journalism with a tax-deductible donation. 

Assist Berkeleyside

1:45 p.m.

Emilie right here to report that Berkeley has had a robust mail-in voting effort and is barely forward of Alameda County by way of poll returns. As of Election Day, 67%  of Berkeley’s ballots had been obtained by the registrar of voters workplace, in comparison with 64% for the county.

Almost 80,000 Berkeley ballots have been issued and 53,000 of these are already in. In 2016, about 65,400 ballots had been solid, for a turnout of 78%. District 5 — North Berkeley — already had a 78% return charge as of Election Day. See particulars about poll returns for all of the Berkeley Metropolis Council districts on our map, which we’re updating each day.

1 p.m.

Hello people, Tracey right here kicking off this stay Election Day weblog with studies about what was happening Tuesday morning at a few voting stations in Berkeley. Our intrepid contributing reporter Eden Teller, and contributing photographer Pete Rosos, visited Berkeley Excessive after which the Ed Roberts Campus the place, they mentioned, they noticed a gradual trickle of individuals voting in individual.

Kimberly Jean confirmed up on the Berkeley Excessive voting station round 10 a.m. together with her younger son, Rielee. She voted on the BHS gymnasium and dropped off her 76-year-old mother’s poll, too, as a result of her mom didn’t need to go away the home. The household has been in Berkeley because the 1880s! Voting was fast and straightforward, she mentioned. She mentioned she voted in individual as a result of she values the expertise: “I simply actually benefit from the feeling of not simply placing a poll within the mail however doing my civic obligation and thanking the ballot staff.”

Katherine Younger, left, and Anne Ferguson are roommates and have gone to the polls collectively since 2016. They’re targeted on native elections and propositions, however their pals are speaking about nationwide outcomes, and there’s plenty of nervousness about it. It’s good that “everybody on the polling areas needs folks to achieve success,” they mentioned. Photograph: Pete Rosos
Michelle Muilenburg, 18, is a first-time voter. She’s a freshman at Cal majoring in useful resource and conservation research. From San Diego, she voted in individual as a result of, “I needed to expertise it totally.” “It was “good, empowering,” she mentioned. Photograph: Eden Teller
Jeff Taylor voting at the Ed Roberts campus
Jeff Taylor voting on the Ed Roberts Campus in South Berkeley. Photograph: Pete Rosos

Over on the Ed Roberts Campus voting heart, Jeff Taylor (above), who lives in North Oakland and works in Berkeley as a social employee for adults with extreme and chronic psychological sickness, mentioned he voted in individual as a result of he was behind in filling out his poll and needed to you should definitely get it in. Taylor says he’ll take a while off work after the election as a result of the pandemic, social justice protests and so forth are weighing on him.

“Having to carry all of that for everyone makes me really feel like I’ve to take a while for myself,” he informed Berkeleyside’s Eden Teller. “I’m making an attempt to be hopeful, I’m on the lookout for change on the very prime. I’m anxious and apprehensive.”

In the meantime, Todd and Rebecca Matthews (pictured beneath), who’ve lived in Berkeley for 10 years, had been additionally on the Ed Roberts Campus to vote. They took the chance to movie Rebecca twirling round in entrance of the poll drop field for a fast “get out the vote” TikTok put up.

Todd Matthews movies Rebecca Matthews for a “get out the vote” TikTok video exterior the Ed Roberts Campus voting heart. Photograph: Pete Rosos

The Berkeleyside group would love to listen to from readers all through Election Day and night time. What are you seeing at Berkeley voting facilities? How are you watching the outcomes? Please use the ideas type to ship in your ideas, images, movies and suggestions. We’re sharing 2020 Berkeley election updates right here all through the day.



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