San Diego Polls Close, Early Results In

Polls closed at 8 p.m. in San Diego County so the initial batch of results are expected to be released soon.

A record number of registered voters, more than 1.65 million, were registered in San Diego County for this election.

As people left work, they stopped by the San Diego County Registrar of Voters. At times, there was a line of approximately a dozen voters.

Inside, staff members were busy sorting ballots returned from around the county.

For the first time, San Diego County voters got a two-card ballot. End to end, it measures 6-feet with races on the front and back.

Moments after the polls closed at 8 p.m., the Registrar's Office expected to  release its first batch of results from ballots mailed in before Election Day.

Those numbers will probably account for 30 percent of the total vote count for the election, up to 400,000 ballots, according to the county.

By 11 p.m., we may have the bulk of the county's precincts reporting.

With ballots still arriving late in the night, the final unofficial election night results may not be in until after 5 a.m.

“It’s not over on election night and it hasn’t been for a long, long time,” Vu said in an earlier interview with the County News Center. “Close contests are not decided until all the ballots are in the count.”

Among the issues on the ballot is the future of Qualcomm Stadium.

The passage of Measure C would result in a 6 percent hotel transient occupancy tax (TOT) hike and a $650 million pledge from the San Diego Chargers for a new downtown stadium and convention center annex, effectively keeping the Chargers in San Diego for at least 30 more years.

Measure D proposes a 5 percent increase in TOT, the abolishment of the Tourism Marketing District and would open the doors for the land where Qualcomm Stadium, the Chargers’ current home, currently sits to be sold, if vacated, to one or more of the local colleges or universities, or the San Diego River Conservancy.

The measure would also prevent bay front expansion of the existing convention center, and create a 12-block Overlay Zone near Petco Park dedicated to the development of a new convention center, sports facility or combined facilities.

Voters will decide whether to raise the sales tax by a half-cent countywide to fund infrastructure projects.

Developed by the SANDAG, Measure A would raise $18 billion over 40 years. It requires a two- thirds "yes" vote to pass.

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