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Polls open at 7 a.m. for Measure B

The polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. today, Tuesday, Nov. 19, for those Sonoma residents who haven’t mailed in their ballot on Measure B, the Hotel Limitation Measure.

The measure would ban construction of hotels with more than 25 rooms or the expansion of a hotel to more than 25 rooms until overall occupancy in existing hotels and inns reaches a yearly average of 80 percent or more.

As of Monday, the county’s registrar of voters reported that 2,829 ballots had been received – or 43 percent of the 6,457 registered voters.

Polling places include Merrill Gardens, 800 Oregon St.; Sonoma United  Methodist Church, 109 Patten St.; Sonoma Valley High School, 20000 Broadway and the Sonoma Valley Veterans Memorial Building, 126 First St. W. Anyone who has a mail-in ballot that they haven’t mailed, can drop it off at any of the four polling stations.

Bill Boerum, who has supervised previous elections at the Sonoma Valley Veterans Memorial Building on First Street West, will be on duty again Tuesday. Four clerks will assist voters in precinct 1801 and others returning mail ballots. Boerum said, “Interestingly, in recent elections, we’ve actually had more mail ballots dropped off than we’ve had people voting on site. Folks are so busy that they either forget or don’t get around to mailing their ballots, so they walk them in.”

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