Assessor-County Clerk-Recorder: Elections (1330P)

Program Outcome Statement

Register voters and conduct fair and accurate elections
Program Services
  • Register Voters
  • Conduct Elections
  • Voter Outreach
  • Vote By Mail
  • Overseas Ballot


The Registration & Elections Division acts as a resource for voting and registration information and promotes civic involvement in the elections process by registering eligible voters and conducting honest and accurate local, state and federal elections. 
For FY 2017-18, the Registration & Elections Division successfully conducted the June 5, 2018 Statewide Direct Primary, in which San Mateo County's percentage of registered voters who cast a ballot in the election rose substantially. Additionally, the Statewide General Election will take place in November 2018. The voter outreach efforts which helped drive these positive effects will continue. Under the California Voter’s Choice Act, which mandates vote-by-mail ballots be sent to all registered voters, and the New Motor Voter Law, which automatically registers citizens to vote when receiving or renewing a driver’s license, it is expected costs relating to the processing and postage of mailed ballots will continue to increase.
Over the next two-year period, the Division will continue to adapt our processes to these shifts in demand, in order to reduce the cost of vote-by-mail balloting.

Percent of Eligible Voters Registered to Vote Missed the Target

Total Votes Cast in Comparable Election

Cost of Comparable Election per Registered Voter Slightly Decreased

FY 2017-18 Year-End Story Behind Performance

Percent of Eligible Voters Registered to Vote

For FY 2017-18, the percent of eligible voters registered was 76.7% which is slightly below the target of 78%. We continue to do voter outreach programs.

Total Votes Cast in Largest Election

This is a cyclical measure and can vary dramatically due to the timing of Presidential and Consolidated Elections, candidates, and propositions on the ballot. In the June 2018 Statewide Direct Primary, 172,168 votes were cast. As a new performance measure, there was no FY 2017-18 target.

Cost of Election per Registered Voter

For FY 2017-18, we had a Cost of Election per registered voter of $11.74 which was above our target of $9.00, but was lower than our FY 2016-17 cost of election per registered voter of $11.79.  For FY 2018-19, the November 6, 2018 Statewide General Election is shaping up to be one of the largest elections ever held in the county as more jurisdictions move to even-numbered year elections and the impact of new election laws begin to take full effect.

Future Priorities

  • Efficiently and transparently conduct the November 6, 2018 Statewide General Election.
  • Comply with the numerous new state election law mandates.
  • Evaluate and implement a new voting system.
  • Expand Vote by Mail operation with updated equipment and expanded work space.

Author: Jeff Bokura, Administrative Services Manager     Contact Email:     Date Created: 08-28-2018