San Mateo County will be part of pilot project focused on increasing voter turnout, and modernizing the election process.
SACRAMENTO –Assembly Bill 2028 (AB 2028) was signed by Governor Jerry Brown earlier today and will allow San Mateo County to join Yolo County in conducting a series of elections primarily by mail under California's vote-by-mail pilot project. San Mateo County could hold elections primarily by mail on up to three election dates prior to 2018, when the program expires. The selected dates may include off-year elections, such as city council and school board races, and special elections. The pilot project requires every registered voter to receive a ballot in the mail along with a ballot return envelope with prepaid postage. For those who don't receive a ballot, want to submit their ballot on Election Day, or simply prefer to vote in person; at least one polling place and drop off location will be available in each city.
"This bill presents a wonderful opportunity for San Mateo County voters," said Assemblymember Kevin Mullin (D-San Mateo). "Our county already has a strong history of voting by mail and this pilot program will provide important voter turnout information from an urban county with a widely diverse population. It is also an important step forward in modernizing our voting process."
"I appreciate the fact that San Mateo County Chief Elections Officer Mark Church is supportive of this effort and recognizes the importance of the project. I know he and his staff are on board with its implementation," Mullin added.