COUNTY OF SAN MATEO

Inter-Departmental Correspondence

Assessor – County Clerk - Recorder

 

DATE:

May 9, 2011

BOARD MEETING DATE:

May 24, 2011

SPECIAL NOTICE/HEARING:

None

VOTE REQUIRED:

Majority

 

TO:

Honorable Board of Supervisors

FROM:

Mark Church, Chief Elections Officer &

Assessor-County Clerk-Recorder

SUBJECT:

Certification of the official canvass of the May 3, 2011 Consolidated Local Special Election and declaration of candidate elected.

 

RECOMMENDATION:

Adopt a Resolution:

A) Accepting the certificate of the Chief Elections Officer as the statement of the results of the vote as determined by the official canvass of the May 3, 2011 Consolidated Local Special Election; and

B) Declaring the person elected to the San Mateo County Board of Supervisors, 1st District seat.

 

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. 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 May 3, 2011, the Chief Elections Officer conducted a Consolidated Local Special 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 website, www.shapethefuture.org. In the Resolution for your adoption, you will be declaring elected one Member of this Board.

County Counsel has reviewed and approved the Resolution as to form.

Approval of this Resolution contributes to the Shared Vision 2025 of a Collaborative Community. This election was the first Countywide all-mail ballot election engaging all registered voters to exercise civic participation by mail. Special efforts were made to reach out to voters who are accustomed to voting at the polls on Election Day to educate them on this process. The Elections staff and community members worked together to make this first all-mail ballot election a successful one, with a 26% voter turnout.

 
 

Performance Measure(s):

Measure

FY 2010-11
Projected

May 3, 2011 Election

Actual

Voter Turnout

35%

26%

Number of registered voters in San Mateo County

340,000

341,303

 
 

FISCAL IMPACT:

There is no fiscal impact.