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Only a handful of Kern County residents hitting polls on Election Day

Posted at 6:49 AM, Jun 06, 2017
and last updated 2017-06-06 09:49:54-04

It's Election Day in Kern County, but not everyone will be casting votes on Tuesday.

There are three items up for vote in Kern County, but none of the items on the ballot are county-wide.

In Bakersfield, voters in Ward 5, which covers mostly Southwest Bakersfield, will decide who will be the new council member on the city council. 

Bruce Freeman, Ryan Nance and Noel Pineo are all vying for the Ward 5 seat, vacated following the death of Jeff Tkac in January. 

The Bakersfield City Council voted in January to hold a special election instead of appointing a replacement. 

According to the Bakersfield city clerk's office, the election will cost the city $143,000. That will be paid to the Kern County Elections Office. 

There are 28,652 registered voters in the ward. 

In California City, residents will vote on two tax measures. One would tax marijuana dispensaries, while the other would be a parcel tax. The parcel tax would provide as much as $7.5 million dollars a year to the city, while the pot shop tax would provide $3.4 million annually. The parcel tax needs 2/3 of the vote in favor to pass, while the marijuana dispensary tax only needs a simple majority.

In the Kern River Valley, residents will vote on a tax for the Kern Valley Healthcare District. Measure C would tax residents an additional $98 a year to help cover improvements and expansion at Kern Valley Hospital. 

For a full list of polling sites visit the Kern County Elections Office website.

Voters who have absentee ballots have until today to mail them out. They need to be post marked with today's date and be at the elections office no later than three days after today's date.