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Board Of Supervisor District 2

Vito Chiesa is a lifelong resident of Hughson. He graduated from Hughson High School, attended Modesto Junior College then went onto graduate from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo with a Bachelor of Science degree in Agriculture.

Vito works in a family farming operation with his parents, Mary and Aroldo, and brother, Andrew. In addition to growing walnuts, almonds, and peaches, the family operates a commercial walnut hulling and drying business.

Prior to being elected to the Board of Supervisors, Vito served the community as the President of the Stanislaus County Fair Board as well as the President of the Stanislaus County Farm Bureau. He also served as a Director for the Modesto Chamber of Commerce and State Director for the California Farm Bureau. He is currently in his third term as Stanislaus County Supervisor for District 2. Some of his other responsibilities include serving as the past President of California State Association of Counties , Commissioner of the Children and Families Commission, Member of the Stanislaus Council of Government , Executive Committee and Policy Board, Member of the California Partnership for the San Joaquin Valley, Member of the San Joaquin Joint Powers Authority, Alternate Member of the Emergency Medical Services Board of Directors, Member of the City of Hughson Oversight Board and Member of the City of Turlock Oversight Board.

Took Office: January 2009

Fourth Term Expires: January 2025

2020 Board Committee Assignments

Who May Register And Vote

You may register to vote if you meet the following criteria:

  • A United States citizen and a resident of California
  • 18 years old or older as of the day of the next election
  • Not currently serving a state or federal prison term for the conviction of a felony, and
  • Not currently found mentally incompetent to vote by a court

If you are 16 or 17 years old and meet the eligibility requirements above, you can pre-register to vote. Your registration will become active once you turn 18 years old.

If you are homeless and meet the eligibility requirements above, you can register to vote. A residence address is required to determine your voting districts.

  • If you do not have an address that includes a house number and street name, you must provide a description of the location you consider your home or domicile so we can establish your precinct
  • If you do provide cross streets or landmarks, you must also provide a mailing address, such as: a P.O. Box, business, or mail drop address, for the Elections Office to mail your election materials. You still need a residence address or description on your registration form.

California elections law denies the right to vote to persons who have been determined mentally incompetent.

How And Where To Register To Vote

Register to vote online or update your current registration. You need to update your registration if you:

  • Move to a new residence,
  • Change your name, or
  • Want to change your political party affiliation.

Military And Overseas Voters

If you are a member of the military services or a U.S. citizen living outside the United States and meet all the voter eligibility requirements above, you can register to vote. This includes if you are a U.S. citizen born abroad who is eligible to vote, or an eligible spouse or dependent of a military service member and have not registered to vote in any other U.S. state.

The fastest and simplest way to register is through the Online Registration Form, selecting the appropriate classification.

You can also visit the Federal Voting Assistance Program website to complete the FVAP assistance form. The signed form may be:

  • Faxed to our office at +1-209-525-5803
  • Mailed to: Stanislaus County Registrar of Voters Office 1021 âIâ St. Suite 101 Modesto, CA 95354

The forms to register and vote by mail are also available through the military installations Voting Assistance Officer or any US Embassy or Consulate.

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What You Will Need

To register online you will need

  • Your California driver license or California identification card number,
  • The last four digits of your social security number and
  • Your date of birth.

Your information will be provided to the California Department of Motor Vehicles to retrieve a copy of your DMV signature.

If you do not have a California driver license or California identification card, you can still use this form to apply to register to vote. However, you will need to take additional steps to complete your voter registration.

Stanislaus County Voter Guide

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This Election 2020 Stanislaus County voter guide will help you cut through the rhetoric, election propaganda and biased media coverage of the campaigns. This guide ranks every aspect of a candidates record according to experience, integrity, and commitment to community.

Here youll find recommendations for:

  • President
  • City Council

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Ratings: Every candidate is considered after thorough research we also have a questionnaire for candidates to complete. Here is our rating system:

  • : The best candidate. Our strongest endorsement.
  • : Very good.
  • : Vote only to prevent worse candidate from winning.
  • : Terrible. Do Not Vote. All your other votes will count.

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Safe At Home Participants

Please do NOT use this form to register or re-register to vote if you are enrolled in a confidential address program such as Safe at Home. If sharing your address could put you in life-threatening danger, you may be eligible to register to vote confidentially.

For more information, contact the Safe at Home program at or visit

Support For Newsom Recall Grows 48% Of Voters Still Say Theyd Vote To Keep Him: Poll

With voters set to begin receiving ballots later this month, an Inside California Politics/Emerson College poll found that support for the recall effort against Gov. Gavin Newsom is up, but there are still more voters in favor of keeping the governor.

The exclusive new statewide poll of 1,000 registered voters, which has a margin of error of of +/- 3%, showed that the recall effort gained some traction in the last couple of weeks.

In the new poll, 48% of respondents said they would vote to keep Newsom in the Sept. 14 recall election. Meanwhile, 46%, said they would vote to recall the governor up three percentage points from the 43% recorded in a July 22 Inside California Politics/Emerson College poll.

Would you vote to recall or to keep Gov. Newsom?

Vote to recall: 46%Vote to keep Gov. Newsom: 48%Undecided: 6%

Last months poll showed 9% of voters were undecided.

Newsom has lost support from Hispanic voters, with 54% of Hispanic respondents saying they would vote to recall. The majority of Black and Asian respondents wish to keep Newsom, the poll showed. White respondents are split at 48% in favor of recalling Newsom and 49% in favor of keeping him.

Many respondents 40% are still undecided on who should replace Newsom if he is recalled.

Among the candidates is Republican talk radio host Larry Elder, who is still in the lead with 23% of respondents saying theyd vote for him. That is an increase of seven percentage points since last months poll.

Larry Elder: 23%

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Other Ways To Register

If you cannot register online, you can obtain a registration form at the following locations:

  • County Elections Office,
  • post offices, or
  • the California Department of Motor Vehicles.

You may also call the Stanislaus County Registrar of Voters Office at 525-5200 or 525-5230 for Spanish language assistance to have a registration form mailed to you.

The Pandemic Fueled The Recall Election Now It May Save Gavin Newsom

MODESTO When Don Doud voted for Gavin Newsom to become Californias governor in 2018, he didnt know much about the former San Francisco mayor and lieutenant governor except that he was a fellow Democrat.

That changed in the early months of the coronavirus pandemic, as Newsoms daily news conferences became appointment viewing for Doud, 75, a retired teacher from Modesto just as they did for many other Californians.

Navigating the once-in-a-century crisis, the governor struck Doud as responsible and capable. So a year later, with Newsoms strict pandemic response fueling a campaign to remove him from office before the end of his first term, there was no question Doud would oppose it.

He did the right things. He tried to influence people to take the pandemic seriously, Doud said during a double-masked visit to the county library in downtown Modesto on a recent Wednesday afternoon. Ive been pretty happy with him.

Don Doud, a retired teacher and resident of Modesto, began watching Gov. Gavin Newsoms daily briefings during the early days of the coronavirus pandemic. He says he does not support the recall because he believes Newsom handled the outbreak responsibly. He did the right things. He tried to influence people to take the pandemic seriously, Doud said.

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Poll: Newsom Faces Challenge Among Likely Voters In Ca Recall Election Elder Leads Gop Field

The election is set for Sept. 14, though ballots will be mailed to voters in mid-August.

Voters will receive a ballot with two questions: Should Newsom be recalled and who should replace him? Answers to the second question will only be counted if more than half vote yes on the first.

A judge has ruled Newsom cant put his Democratic Party affiliation on the recall ballot.

This is because Newsoms campaign had missed a deadline to submit his affiliation to California Secretary of State Shirley Weber for the Sept. 14 recall election. Its unclear if the lack of a party designation will have any practical impact.

In June, Newsom signed a law that again changes the recall rules, this time to speed up the election.

Organizers in the anti-recall effort say they are concerned about voter turnout, even though there are almost twice as many Californians who are registered as Democrats compared to registered Republicans.

Anti-recall campaign manager Juan Rodriguez says the campaign is working to energize Democrats. They have seen Republicans appear more eager to vote.

Newsom, who was elected in a 2018 landslide, sees the recall as an attack on Californias progressive policies.

The recall is backed by state and national Republicans, but organizers argue they have a broad-based coalition, including many independents and Democrats.

What We Offer

The Registrar of Voters’ mission is to provide the opportunity for County residents to register to vote and take part in elections that are conducted with the highest degree of accuracy, efficiency and professionalism. Meeting customer needs is a priority. Employees are trained on Elections Code and keep abreast of law changes that affect the conduct of elections.

Disclaimer: The information contained in these pages was valid at the time of publication. The County Clerk / Recorder / Registrar of Voters reserves the right to modify, update, change or make improvements at any time, without notice, and assumes no liability for damages incurred directly or indirectly as a result of errors, omissions or discrepancies.

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Who We Are

The Stanislaus County Registrar of Voters ensures that voters determine the leaders and laws that govern the community. The Registrar of Voters, part of the County Clerk-Recorder Department, plays a vital role by registering voters, accepting candidate nominations and conducting elections. The Registrar of Voters also verifies petition signatures some petitions help candidates qualify for the ballot and others call for a change in the law.

What We Do

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The Registrar of Voters performs the following functions on behalf of Stanislaus County:

  • Register voters and update their files as they move or change name or political party
  • Assist military and overseas civilian voters with an early delivery of ballots to cities all over the world
  • File campaign paperwork and documents from candidates and elected officials
  • Provide an array of data to campaigns, the media and researchers
  • Design and proofread Sample Ballot Pamphlets and ballots in English and other federally required languages
  • Set precincts for each election, based on district lines and population
  • Survey voting and drop box locations for Americans With Disabilities Act compliance, make recommendations to mitigate barriers a disabled voter may face and finding new sites as needed
  • Recruit and train 700-plus election workers per election
  • Process and count incoming vote by mail ballots that have been verified.
  • Conduct canvass after each election, including scrutiny of provisional ballots and vote by mail ballots dropped off at voting and drop off locations.
  • Checking accuracy of voting equipment by conducting 1% manual tally
  • Prepare and certify Statement of the Vote
  • Analyze changes in election law and establish County election procedures
  • Maintain election and Fair Political Practices Commission records as required by law

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