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Californians went to the polls today to choose candidates for governor and a handful of other statewide offices, 100 state legislative and 53 congressional seats and scores of local offices.

This is the second time voters will be using the state's "top two" primary voting system for state races - the first time for statewide offices such as governor. Ballots for state and congressional races will include certified candidates from all parties. Voters can choose one candidate in each race, and the top two finishers will advance to the Nov. 4 general election.

For the superintendent of public instruction's race and most city and county government offices, a candidate can win outright at this election if he or she gets more than 50 percent of the votes cast.


* Proposition 42: Open records ballot measure wins

* Padilla, Peterson take top two in secretary of state's race

* Bera, Ose headed for a fight over 7th congressional district

* Governor: Tim Donnelly congratulates Neel Kashkari


Results: Get up-to-the-moment results beginning just after the polls close at 8 p.m. for local and state races.

Live chat replay: See the transcript of the live chat with Bee columnist Marcos Breton.

Voter Guide: Learn about the candidates and issues.

Bee endorsements: See The Sacramento Bee's recommendations.

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General voting information

Secretary of State: (916) 657-2166

El Dorado County: (530) 621-7480

Placer County: (530) 886-5650

Sacramento County: (916) 875-6451

Yolo County: (530) 666-8133

To report fraud or misconduct: Call the secretary of state's confidential hotline at (800) 345-8683.


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