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San Mateo County, CA November 2, 2010 Election
Measure U
Charter Amendment
County of San Mateo

Majority Approval Required

Pass: 115,887 / 65.9% Yes votes ...... 60,008 / 34.1% No votes

See Also: Index of all Measures

Results as of Jan 6 3:01pm, 100.0% of Precincts Reporting (457/457)
65.3% Voter Turnout (226,259/346,516)
Information shown below: Official Information | Arguments |

Shall the San Mateo County Charter be amended to require filling of vacancies on the Board of Supervisors by election for vacancies occurring on or before October 15th of the third year of the term, and by election or appointment for vacancies after October 15th; and to authorize, for vacancies in any county elected office, an all-mailed ballot election, and commencement of the process to fill the vacancy on the date a resignation letter is filed?

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Arguments For Measure U
This measure would:

  • save taxpayer dollars
  • enhance democracy by increasing the voice of voters in electing County Supervisors

When a member of the San Mateo County Board of Supervisors vacates his or her office early, it is in the best interests of the community to fill the seat in such a way that will save taxpayer dollars while giving voters a greater voice in who represents them. This measure would make three key changes to the San Mateo County Charter.

  • By mandating an election for any vacancy in the first two years and nine months of a Supervisor's term, voters would now elect a replacement Supervisor rather than have the position potentially filled through appointment. Holding an election to fill a vacancy would encourage debate on County issues and allow voters to choose their Supervisor.

  • When a special election to fill a seat on the Board of Supervisors is called, an election could be completed through all-mail balloting which is not the case today. An all-mail election would save the County money while ensuring a democratic election process.

  • Any County elected official could vacate his or her seat through an irrevocable letter of resignation effective on a future date. This would permit an election to move forward while a Supervisor remains in office to represent his or her constituents until a replacement is seated.

The San Mateo County Board of Supervisors and the San Mateo County Charter Review Committee recommend these changes.

We encourage you to vote YES on this Measure to protect taxpayer dollars and enhance the voice of the voter.

/s/ Richard S. Gordon, President, Board of Supervisors

/s/ Mark Church, Member, Board of Supervisors

/s/ Jacqueline Jacobberger, President, League of Women Voters of North and Central San Mateo County

/s/ Susan Brissenden-Smith, Charter Review Committee Member

/s/ Sean Foote, Chairman, Charter Review Committee

(No arguments against Measure U were submitted)

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