San Mateo County has seen a 7 percent increase in the number of registered voters since the March 2004 presidential primary election, according to the county elections office.
Four years ago there were 326,982 registered voters in the county. As of Dec. 7, there were 351,351 voters, according to the elections office.
There is also a notable increase in the number of voters who are choosing not to affiliate with a particular political party. The "Decline to State" group has increased by 23.5 percent since 2004 and now totals 80,352.
"This increase in voter registration is likely a sign of increased interest in the 2008 race for the presidency," San Mateo County Chief Elections Officer Warren Slocum said in a prepared statement. "I believe every voter understands the importance of their voting choices this year, and I expect a strong voter turnout."
County residents have until Jan. 22 to register or re-register if they wish to vote in the 2008 presidential primary on Feb. 5.
Voter information pamphlets with sample ballots are now arriving by mail in the homes of registered voters.
In this election, only the Democratic Party and the American Independent Party have chosen to permit Decline-to-State voters to participate in their primary election. Therefore, Decline-to-State voters will be mailed a sample ballot that contains three ballot versions: nonpartisan, Democratic Party and American Independent Party.
The sample ballot will contain seven state propositions in addition to the candidates for president. Voters will receive a state voter information guide that includes information about the state propositions and the candidates for president who submitted statements for publication.
The guide is also available online at http://www.voterguide.sos.ca.gov .
If you have questions about the county's sample ballot, calls the Elections Office at 312-5222 or send an e-mail to [email protected] .