How to vote in today’s Special BUSD election

Looking for your polling location? Ballot drop-off information? Keep reading!

April 11, 2023

Registered voters living in Area 5 of Benicia (see below for a map) — this is your reminder to VOTE in the Area 5 Special Benicia Unified School District Trustee Vacancy Election TODAY. According to the Solano County Registrar of Voter’s (ROV) website, the first update with election results will be at 8:15 pm today.

Ballot drop boxes and in-person voting locations

In-person voting is taking place at Matthew Turner Elementary from 7 am to 8 pm. Mail-in ballots can still be dropped off at any location below (including Turner Elementary) during the listed times.

Matthew Turner Elementary (540 Rose Dr., Benicia)
  • TUESDAY — VOTE IN PERSON or drop off your mail-in ballot between 7 am and 8 am.
Benicia Pedrotti Ace Hardware (830 Southampton Rd., Benicia)
  • TUESDAY —  Drop off between 8 am to 6 pm.
Solano County Registrar of Voters (675 Texas St., Fairfield)
  • TUESDAY — Drop off in the 24-hour drop box on Union Ave., but note that the ROV will likely close the box by 8 pm.

A vote for Ariana Martinez is a vote for our kids

Ariana Martinez, LCSW, candidate for Benicia Unified School District Board of Trustees, Area 5

If you’ve been following along, you may know that the Benicia Independent has endorsed Ms. Martinez. Ms. Martinez  has also been endorsed by the following organizations and officials:

  • Benicia Teacher’s Association
  • Napa-Solano Central Labor Council
  • California State Senator Bill Dodd
  • Benicia Mayor Steve Young
  • Benicia Vice-Mayor Terry Scott
  • Benicia City Council Member Kari Birdseye
  • Solano County Board of Supervisor Monica Brown
  • Benicia Unified School Board President Sheri Zada
  • Benicia Unified School Board Member Mark Maselli
  • Benicia Unified School Board Member Dr. Gethsemane Moss
  • Former Benicia Unified School Board Member Andre Stewart
  • Former Benicia Unified Board Member Gary Wing
  • Former Benicia Unified School Board Member Gary Wing
  • Former Benicia City Council Member Dan Smith
  • Solano County Office Associate Superintendent of Human Resources and Educator Effectiveness Michael Minahen
  • Fairfield-Suisun Unified District School Board Member Jack Flynn
  • California School Employee Association Benicia Chapter 1096

Ms. Martinez is a Bay Area native, Benicia High School graduate, and Licensed Clinical Social Worker with hands-on experience in the areas of cognitive psychology, social sciences, organizational development, and education. Read more about Ms. Martinez at

Only residents of Area 5 may vote in this special election (see map below).

BUSD Area Map (click to enlarge)
*BUSD Area 5 includes: Mathew Turner School, Lake Herman, Water’s End areas.  Click on map to enlarge. Area 5 is in purple.

More information on this matter can be found by searching online for “Important Message From BUSD Governing Board re: Trustee Area 5 Appointment and Petition“.

Earlier on BenIndy:
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