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
  • Accessible Voting


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 2018-19, the Registration & Elections Division successfully conducted the November 6, 2018 Statewide General Election, in which San Mateo County’s voter turnout, at 72.59%, was the largest turnout in a statewide general election since 1982. Additionally, the county reached 400,000 registered voters for the first time in its history during the November election. The voter outreach and community engagement efforts which helped drive these positive effects will continue.

Percent of Eligible Voters Registered to Vote Exceeding Target

Total Votes Cast in Comparable Election Exceeding Target

Cost of Comparable Election per Registered Voter Meeting Target

FY 2018-19 Mid-Year Performance Updates  

Number of Eligible Voters Registered to Vote

For FY 2018-19, the number of registered voters reached an all time high of more than 400,000. 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 November 2018 Statewide General Election, 290,058 votes were cast. As a new performance measure, there was no FY 2018-19 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 was one of the largest elections ever held in the county as more jurisdictions moved to even-numbered year elections and the impact of new election laws began to take full effect.  Costs for the November 6, 2018 Statewide General Election are not yet finalized.

Future Priorities

  • Efficiently and transparently conduct the November 5, 2019 Consolidated Municipal School and Special District 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: 01-24-2019