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File #: 20-012    Version: 1 Name:
Type: Memo Status: Passed
File created: 11/4/2019 Departments: ASSESSOR-COUNTY CLERK-RECORDER-ELECTIONS
On agenda: 2/11/2020 Final action: 2/11/2020
Title: Accept this informational report from the Chief Elections Officer regarding approval by the California Secretary of State of the County's Voter's Choice Act Election Administration Plan for the period of January 2020 through January 2024.
Attachments: 1. 20200211_att_January 2020 EAP_June 2018 Stats.pdf, 2. 20200211_att_January 2020 EAP_November 2019 Stats, 3. 20200211_att_January 2020 EAP_March 2020 Stats, 4. 20200211_att_January 2020-2024 EAP
Special Notice / Hearing: None__
Vote Required: Majority

To: Honorable Board of Supervisors

From: Mark Church, Chief Elections Officer & Assessor-County Clerk-Recorder
Subject: Secretary of State Approval of San Mateo County's California Voter's Choice Act Election Administration Plan - January 2020 through January 2024

RECOMMENDATION:
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Accept this informational report from the Chief Elections Officer regarding approval by the California Secretary of State of the County's Voter's Choice Act Election Administration Plan for the period of January 2020 through January 2024.

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

The VCA, which was signed into law on September 29, 2016, authorized San Mateo County to conduct elections under the new law beginning in 2018. The VCA modifies the traditional polling place election model to an All-Mailed Ballot - Vote Center election model. San Mateo County was one of the first five counties in the state to conduct elections under the VCA.
Beginning January 2020, all California counties are now eligible to participate in the VCA. Presently 15 of California's 58 counties are committed to implementing the VCA for the upcoming 2020 presidential elections.
The June 5, 2018 Statewide Direct Primary Election, November 6, 2018 Statewide General Election, and November 5, 2019 Consolidated Municipal, School and Special District Elections were the first elections held in our County under the VCA. These three elections reached historical milestones, increasing voter participation amongst all demographics particularly youth and language minority populations.
DISCUSSION:
January 2020 EAP Revisions
Under the provisions of the VCA, the County is required to consider ...

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