San Mateo County’s Voter’s Choice Act Election Administration Plan

Article Source:  Mark Church - Assessor-County Clerk-Recorder & Chief Elections Officer

From: Mark Church <>
Date: February 21, 2020 at 8:26:00 PM PST
Subject: San Mateo County’s Voter’s Choice Act Election Administration Plan - January 2020 through January 2024

Dear President and Board Members,


It is my pleasure to present to you San Mateo County’s Voter’s Choice Act Election Administration Plan for January 2020 through January 2024.


A report to the Board of Supervisors dated February 11, 2020 regarding our new Election Administration Plan and supporting data is available on our website.

Election Administration Plan


On January 17, 2020, the Office of the California Secretary of State approved San Mateo County’s Election Administration Plan (EAP) for the conduct of elections under the California Voter’s Choice Act (VCA) for January 2020 through January 2024.


I am proud to say that the implementation of the VCA in San Mateo County has been extremely successful. What started in our County as a pilot All-Mailed Ballot - Vote Center Election on November 3, 2015, has fundamentally changed the way elections are conducted in California. Today, over 50% of California’s registered voters and 15 counties are conducting elections under the VCA.


Voter Education and Outreach Plan


A statutory component of San Mateo County’s EAP is our Voter Education and Outreach Plan. The primary goal of the Voter Education and Outreach Plan is to increase accessibility for all voters, particularly voters with disabilities and language minorities. This year’s plan emphasizes significant use of community-based organizations throughout the County to target voters in selected low voter turnout precincts. This outreach effort has been named the San Mateo County Voter Engagement 2020 Initiative and is being led by the Silicon Valley Community Foundation (SVCF), with grant money provided by the County and SVCF.


Elections Technology and Cybersecurity


This has been an extraordinary year with the deployment of new and innovative election technologies. Our EAP introduces voters to our new Dominion Voting System, high-speed ballot scanners, and electronic pollbooks.

The EAP provides an overview of our cybersecurity defense structure and our Cyber Security Defense Team (CSDT), comprised of Elections IT staff, County ISD, vendors, and cybersecurity consultants. The primary objective of CSDT is to provide an emergency rapid response team able to respond to cyber threats immediately.

The EAP and Voter Education and Outreach Plan are available here.

March 3, 2020 Presidential Primary Election – Overview and Statistics

The following is a brief statistical overview of the March 2020 election:

         Eligible Voters: 506,762

         Registered Voters: 416,000

         Vote Centers: 42

         Drop Box Locations: 33, including 10 outdoor Drop Box locations open and available to the public 24/7

         Ballot Styles: 370 (37 ballot styles X 10 parties = 370)

         Ballot Styles including All Languages: 1,110

         Total Reporting Precincts: 341

         Total Split Precincts: 23

         Total Precincts: 364

California Civic Engagement Project Research Study

San Mateo County’s Registration & Elections Division commissioned an independent study conducted by the California Civic Engagement Project entitled “Examining San Mateo County’s Adoption of the California Voter's Choice Act: 2018 Election Cycle.

The purpose of the research study was to obtain insights into the first elections held by San Mateo County under the VCA during the 2018 election cycle. This report provides an objective analysis of the impact of the VCA on San Mateo County voters in the 2018 primary and general elections.

The goal of the study was to help San Mateo County election officials and community groups, as well as those in other California counties, understand the challenges and opportunities introduced by this new voting model, and to suggest paths towards its effective implementation. The California Civic Engagement Project has been retained to perform a similar research study for the March 3, 2020 Presidential Primary Election.

We are pleased to announce that this study has been published and is available on our website.

Thank you for your support in the implementation of the California Voter’s Choice Act in San Mateo County.

Please do not hesitate to contact me should you have any questions or if I may be of any assistance.




Assessor-County Clerk-Recorder

& Chief Elections Officer

County of San Mateo

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