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Election Day is here, but turnout at the polls was light in and around Modesto.

Voters in the region and throughout the state had many reasons to go to the polls.

In Stanislaus County, voters were deciding two seats on the Board of Supervisors, chose between two men running for sheriff, picked among six candidates running for judge and determined a host of other countywide offices.

Across the region, there were competitive Republican primaries for congressional and legislative positions as well as the governor's race and a U.S. Senate seat. There were five state initiatives, including a proposal to open the primary system and a PG&E-backed plan to limit utility competition.

Here are other things voters need to know about today's election:

WHEN: Polls will be open until 8 p.m. People who have not returned mail ballots can drop them off at any polling place during these hours or at county election offices. They should not mail them.

WHERE: Polling places are on sample ballots sent to voters a few weeks ago. Election offices also can provide the location.

RESULTS: will report results after 8 p.m. as they are released by county and state election officials. Mailed ballots received by last week will be counted first, then ballots from the polls. Mailed ballots received after Saturday won't be counted until later this week. The same is true for write-in and provisional ballots for people whose voting status is in question. Election offices have 28 days to complete the count.

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