Assessor-County Clerk-Recorder: Elections (1330P)
Program Outcome Statement
Register voters and conduct fair and accurate elections
- 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 SamCERA, local, state and federal elections.
For FY 2016-17, the Registration & Elections Division successfully conducted the November 2016 Presidential General Election, in which San Mateo County's percentage of registered voters who cast a ballot in the election rose to a historic high. Additionally, a Consolidated Municipal School and Special District Election will take place in November 2017. The voter outreach efforts which helped drive these positive effects will continue. It is anticipated that County voters will cast ballots entirely by mail starting in 2018. As voters increasingly rely on vote-by-mail ballots, 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 Exceeded the Target
Percent of Registered Voters Who Voted in the November Election Increased
Cost of Election per Registered Voter Increased
FY 2016-17 Year-End Story Behind Performance
Percent of Eligible Voters Registered to Vote
For FY 2016-17, the percent of eligible voters registered was 78.8% which is slightly above the target of 76.0%. We continue to do voter outreach programs.
Percent of Voters who Voted in the November 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. For FY 2016-17, there were 81.6% of registered voters who voted in the November election. This was slightly higher than the target of 80.0%.
Cost of Election per Registered Voter
For FY 2016-17, we had a Cost of Election per registered voter of $11.79 which was above our target of $9.86, but was close to our FY 2012-13 (Last Presidential General Election) inflation adjusted cost of election per registered voter of $11.32.
- Efficiently and transparently conduct the following elections:
November 2017 Consolidated Municipal School and Special District
Election, June 2018 Gubernatorial Primary Election, and November 2018
Gubernatorial General Election.
- Comply with the numerous new state election law mandates.
- Evaluate and implement a new voting system.