[KHTS] – Voters have been turning out for the William S. Hart Union High School District and the Newhall County Water District elections that are taking place today.
Polling places all over Santa Clarita opened at 7 a.m. on Tuesday to take votes for the election and will be closing at 8 p.m. on Tuesday. Voters will only able to vote for certain elections at a specific polling place, depending on the location.
Two seats are up for election for Newhall County Water District, or NCWD, as well as the Hart School District in Trustee Areas 1 and 4.
This is the first year that the Hart School District held separate elections in geographical voting areas.
Incumbent Gloria Mercado-Fortine is being challenged by Linda Storli, a realtor and retired Canyon High School teacher, for Trustee Area 1, which includes parts of northern Valencia, Castaic and Val Verde.
Incumbent Steve Sturgeon is being challenged by 19-year-old and recent Canyon High School graduate, Andrew Taban for Trustee Area 4, which is comprised mainly of Canyon Country.
Only residents who live in Trustee Areas 1 or 4 were able to vote in Tuesday’s election.
College of the Canyons hosted one of the many polling place for the Hart School District Trustee Area 1 election.
“It’s so slow,” Paige Weaver, a volunteer at the polling place, said. “By (10:30 a.m) there’s been only four people, six if you count provisional votes.”
There are currently 26,204 people registered to vote in the Hart School District Trustee Area 1 election and 30,745 registered to vote in the Trustee Area 4 election, according to records from the Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder office.
The NCWD had two seats up for grabs with incumbents Lynne Plambeck and Dan Mortensen running against challengers Jeff Ford and Don Cruikshank.
The Santa Clarita Valley Senior Center was the host to one of 28 polling places for the NCWD election.
There were 17 voters that had turned out as of 11 a.m. according to an L.A. county representative at the polling place in the SCV Senior Center.
Only those who live in the NCWD’s service areas — which includes Newhall, Castaic and portions of Saugus and Canyon Country — were able to vote in the election.
Currently, the NCWD services approximately 44,000 people throughout the Santa Clarita Valley, according the their website.
There are currently 26,897 people registered to vote for the NCWD election, according to records from the Registrar-Recorder office.