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Polls open until 8 p.m.; results online tonight

Poll are open today until 8 p.m. for the June 3 primary election. Election results will be reported here tonight after the polls close.

In addition to a council race in Atherton and a county-wide park tax proposal (Measure O), voters in San Mateo County will help choose party candidates for Congress, the state Senate, and the state Assembly; weigh in on three San Mateo County supervisors, one judge, and some party central committee members; and vote on two state ballot measures.

To find your polling place, check the back of the voter information pamphlet provided by the county elections office or go to http://www.smartvoter.org/ca/sm/ .

For more information, call the elections office at 312-5222 or go to http://www.shapethefuture.org . Other online sources are the California elections site at http://www.sos.ca.gov/elections and the League of Women Voters site, http://www.smartvoter.org .

Here is important voting information from California Secretary of State Debra Bowen.

• If you are registered as a "decline-to-state" or nonpartisan voter, the American Independent, Democratic, and Republican parties are all allowing you to participate in their June 3 primaries. You have a right to request a ballot for any one of those three parties. If you do not, you will be given a nonpartisan ballot that contains ballot propositions and nonpartisan local races, but excludes partisan contests for Congress, state Senate, and state Assembly.

• Information about statewide contests and ballot initiatives is available in the Official Voter Information Guide produced by the California Secretary of State's office and mailed to all registered voters. It's also available online at http://voterguide.sos.ca.gov/ -- along with foreign language and audio versions of the guide. Sample ballot pamphlets sent out by individual counties offer more information about local candidates and measures.

• Return your vote-by-mail ballot by 8 p.m. on Election Day to any polling place in the county where you are registered to vote or to your county registrar of voters. Vote-by-mail ballots received after 8 p.m. on Election Day will not be counted.

• If you vote at a polling place in your county other than your designated location, you can request a provisional ballot, which will be counted later after an elections official verifies that you are eligible to vote and have not already voted in that election. Ballots may differ even within counties or cities, so it's best to vote at your designated polling place to ensure you can vote on every contest and measure you're entitled to vote on. A poll worker can give you information on how to track your provisional ballot.

• For more information about voting rights, or to report elections fraud or voter intimidation, people can call the Secretary of State's toll-free Voter Hotline at 1-800-345-VOTE or visit http://www.sos.ca.gov .

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