Wednesday: Changing from county-wide to district-wide elections for county supervisors


A committee examining the possibility of changing the way supervisors are elected in San Mateo County is holding a meeting at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 21, in the Menlo Park City Council Chambers, 701 Laurel St.

The San Mateo County Charter Review Committee has been looking at recommendations of the Civil Grand Jury on filling Board of Supervisor vacancies and on district elections.

Currently, one supervisor is elected for each of the five districts in the county, and voters may cast ballots for candidates in all five seats. The committee is considering changing to a system in which voters may cast a ballot only for a candidate in their own district.

The committee will also consider other actions that would require a charter amendment, according to a press release from the county. The charter serves as a kind of constitution for the county.

The committee will take public testimony at the meeting, which is one of several it is holding. After the hearings, it will make recommendations to the Board of Supervisors for charter amendments to be put before the voters.

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