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Sonoma County transit agencies to provide free rides countywide on Election Day

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Santa Rosa CityBus, Petaluma Transit and Sonoma County Transit will provide free rides countywide on Election Day, Nov. 8.

The agencies are offering the free rides in hopes of reducing transportation and economic barriers to voting, according to a Thursday news release from the city of Santa Rosa.

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Sonoma State University students have some of the highest voting rates in the nation. What’s their secret?

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College and university students across the nation voted in record-breaking numbers in the 2020 election, and students at Sonoma State University were among those leading the way.

A recent study conducted by the Institute for Democracy and Higher Education at Tufts University shows that SSU students had a higher-than-average voter turnout compared to other institutions across the country.

According to the report, the average voting rate at public institutions was 65% in 2020. At SSU, however, students surpassed the national average, with 88% of registered students casting ballots — a considerable increase from 57% in the 2018 election. SSU’s voting rate among eligible voters also increased from 43% in 2018 to 78% in 2020, as did voter registration rates.

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How Democrats pulled it off, and what happens next

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The state of California overwhelmingly voted to keep Gov. Gavin Newsom in office. The election provided California voters an opportunity to judge Newsom’s ability to lead the state through the pandemic, as well as his time in office before COVID-19 upended our lives. It offered Republicans their best chance in years to take the helm of the most populous state in the union.

National television networks called the election for Newsom shortly after the polls closed at 8 p.m. Conservative talk show host Larry Elder won the most votes out of the 46 candidates vying to succeed Newsom.

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Local law enforcement step up patrols on Election Day

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Elisette Weiss, joined by her son, Judah Bockelweiss, 1, tries to cast her ballot at the polling location at Christ Church United Methodist in Santa Rosa, Calif., on Tuesday, November 3, 2020. Photo taken (BETH SCHLANKER/ The Press Democrat)

The sheriffs of Sonoma, Mendocino and Marin counties have all announced increased patrols near polling places on Election Day.

While the increased resources are not a new decision — rather, they typically are deployed during elections — Mendocino County Sheriff Matthew Kendall said tensions surrounding the Nov. 3 election drove him to publicize that sheriff’s deputies will be present to guard people’s right to vote safely and securely.

“The national narrative across the U.S. is pretty concerning,” he said. “I don’t want anybody to be concerned about exercising their rights.”

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