Politics

Your Vote 2017: Election Day coverage

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People hit the pools for election day

Polls will open at 7:00 am in a couple of valley cities for election day.

In Palm Springs, two seats are open on the city council with Ginny Foat and Chris Mills deciding not to seek re-election.

The candidates for their seats include Lisa Middleton, Glenn Flood, W. Henry Hampton, Robert Stone, Christy Holstege, Judy Deertrack and write-in candidate Ameenah Fuller.

Check out interviews with all 7 candidates on our elections section

All precincts are in and night counting is over, but the results are not final. Lisa Middleton and Christy Holstege are still leading the race. You can keep up with the results in real-time here

There were also a couple of important tax measures for the city of Palm Springs on the ballot.

Measure D would increase sales tax by a half-cent, which is expected to generate about $7 million, money that will go towards helping first responders in the city.

Palm Springs residents split on tax measure to fund first responders

Measure E would apply a tax already levied at medical marijuana operators toward any new commercial, medical and recreational cannabis sales and businesses. A mailer sent by the City of Palm Springs states that if the measure is approved, the projected tax revenue is difficult to estimate, but the mailer mentions that Palm Springs currently receives about $1.5 million annually in cannabis tax revenue.

Both measures are looking like they will pass, Measure D is currently receiving a 57% percent yes vote, Measure E is receiving a 79% yes vote. Night counting is over, but there are still ballots are unaccounted for.

In Desert Hot Springs, Measure B, the "Desert Hot Springs 911 gang-drug crime prevention extension measure,"  would extend existing, voter-approved funding for public safety and other public services while reducing the tax rate for single-family residences. 

Measure C, the "Desert Hot Springs neighborhood police protection and public safety measure" would extend existing, voter-approved local funding, with no increase in tax rates, to maintain and protect public safety services.

Both Desert Hot Springs measures needed a supermajority of 66% in order to pass.

Both measures ended up passing, Measure B passed with a 75% yes vote and Measure C passed with 76% yes vote.

 

 

You can keep up with how the local election is going here


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