COUNTY OF SAN MATEO

Inter-Departmental Correspondence

Assessor - County Clerk - Recorder

 

DATE:

June 28, 2010

BOARD MEETING DATE:

July 13, 2010

SPECIAL NOTICE/HEARING:

No

VOTE REQUIRED:

Majority

 

TO:

Honorable Board of Supervisors

FROM:

Warren Slocum, Chief Elections Officer & Assessor-County Clerk-Recorder

SUBJECT:

Accepting the certificate of the Chief Elections Officer as the statement of the result of the vote as determined by the official canvass of the June 8, 2010, Gubernatorial Primary Election, declaring the person or persons who have filed declarations of candidacy be appointed to certain offices in lieu of holding an election in accordance with Elections Code 10515, declaring the results of certain Measures voted on, and declaring the persons elected to certain offices in accordance with Elections Code 8203.

 

RECOMMENDATION:

Adopt a Resolution:

A.

Accepting the certificate of the Chief Elections Officer as the statement of the result of the vote as determined by the official canvass of the June 8, 2010, Gubernatorial Primary Election;

   

B.

Declaring the person or persons elected to or nominated for certain offices; and

   

C.

Declaring the person or persons who have filed declarations of candidacy be appointed to certain partisan central committee offices in lieu of holding an election.

 

BACKGROUND:

Elections Code 10411 and 15300 et seq. authorize and direct the Board of Supervisors and the Chief Elections Officer, within 28 days of an election, to inspect, process, and count all ballots and prepare a certified statement of the result, and to deliver a duplicate of that statement to the Secretary of State and to the chairperson of the county central committee of each political party. Upon acceptance of this statement, Elections Code 15400 authorizes and directs the governing body of the jurisdiction to declare elected or nominated the persons having the highest number of votes for the offices voted on.

 

DISCUSSION:

On June 8, 2010, the Chief Elections Officer conducted a Gubernatorial Primary Election. The official canvass and an abstract or Statement of the Vote was completed and certified by the Chief Elections Officer and is available at the Registration-Elections Division. An electronic copy of the Statement of the Vote is also published on the Elections web site, www.shapethefuture.org. In the resolution for your adoption, you will be declaring elected: One Member to this Board, several county offices, the County Superintendent of Schools, and also several seats for the Democratic, Republican, and Green Party partisan county central committees and councils as well as two races to be decided in a run-off election. In addition, there are also several appointments in lieu of holding elections for the Democratic and Republican Party county central committees.

This resolution has been reviewed and approved by County Counsel.

Approval of this resolution contributes to the Shared 2025 outcome of Collaborative Community by providing our diverse population an opportunity for civic engagement in an elections process that encourages collaborative efforts between various levels of governance in San Mateo County.

Elections are an integral part of our social and civic fiber. All stakeholders, including the diverse population of the jurisdictions, the governing bodies, interested individuals and organizations, and the Elections Division must participate and collaborate in order for a robust public debate to manifest itself in a fair and impartial election.

By working with local officials and stakeholders, and conducting elections with integrity, the Elections Division fosters faith in the electoral system and the outcomes of elections.

 

Performance Measure(s):

Measure

FY 2009-2010
Projected

FY 2009-2010
Actual

Percent of Voters that voted 6/08/10

36%

38.37%

Number of registered voters in the

San Mateo County

350,000

339,758

 

In San Mateo County voter turnout was slightly higher than projected, though the number of registered voters was lower than anticipated.

The percentage of turnout in San Mateo County continues to out pace the state average, a reflection of our diverse and engaged community. The lower number of registered voters is due in part to our continued effort in cleaning and maintenance of the voter roll; ensuring accuracy, lowering the cost of elections, and reflecting the mobility of our population.

 

FISCAL IMPACT:

There is no fiscal impact.