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County election stats: 66 percent vote by mail

Only 46 percent of the registered voters in San Mateo County voted in the Nov. 4 election, and twice as many voted by mail as those who cast ballots at the polls.

The turnout is even more dismal when compared to the number of county residents who were eligible to vote. According to an Oct. 20, 2014, report from the California Secretary of State's Office, San Mateo County has 490,797 people eligible to vote. Seventy-two percent are registered. Only 33.5 percent of those eligible to vote in the county actually cast ballots in the Nov. 4 election.

Mark Church, the county's chief elections officer, officially certified the election results on Dec. 1 and released statistics about voter turnout.

Of the 164,453 ballots cast in the county, 66 percent were vote-by-mail ballots.

In Atherton, where four candidates were running for three council seats, 55 percent of the town's 4,910 registered voters cast ballots. A total of 1,986 (or 74 percent of voters) voted by mail and 685 cast ballots at the polls.

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In Menlo Park, with six candidates for three council seats and a controversial ballot measure, turnout was even higher: 58 percent of registered voters. A total of 6,481 (or 63 percent) voted by mail and 3,817 cast ballots at the polls.

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County election stats: 66 percent vote by mail

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Uploaded: Thu, Dec 4, 2014, 10:58 pm

Only 46 percent of the registered voters in San Mateo County voted in the Nov. 4 election, and twice as many voted by mail as those who cast ballots at the polls.

The turnout is even more dismal when compared to the number of county residents who were eligible to vote. According to an Oct. 20, 2014, report from the California Secretary of State's Office, San Mateo County has 490,797 people eligible to vote. Seventy-two percent are registered. Only 33.5 percent of those eligible to vote in the county actually cast ballots in the Nov. 4 election.

Mark Church, the county's chief elections officer, officially certified the election results on Dec. 1 and released statistics about voter turnout.

Of the 164,453 ballots cast in the county, 66 percent were vote-by-mail ballots.

In Atherton, where four candidates were running for three council seats, 55 percent of the town's 4,910 registered voters cast ballots. A total of 1,986 (or 74 percent of voters) voted by mail and 685 cast ballots at the polls.

In Menlo Park, with six candidates for three council seats and a controversial ballot measure, turnout was even higher: 58 percent of registered voters. A total of 6,481 (or 63 percent) voted by mail and 3,817 cast ballots at the polls.

Comments

Margo
Menlo Park: Linfield Oaks
on Dec 5, 2014 at 12:51 pm
Margo, Menlo Park: Linfield Oaks
on Dec 5, 2014 at 12:51 pm

It would be of interest to know the % of registered Dem's, GOP's and Ind's who voted. Is that information available?


Peter Carpenter
Registered user
Atherton: Lindenwood
on Dec 5, 2014 at 1:24 pm
Peter Carpenter, Atherton: Lindenwood
Registered user
on Dec 5, 2014 at 1:24 pm

What is dramatically different in this election is the % of voters that voted either at the polls or turned in their mail ballots on on near election day. There was a big increase in these categories of votes in this election.

So remember, "it is not over until the Fat Lady Sings."


Santa
Menlo Park: Linfield Oaks
on Dec 5, 2014 at 1:31 pm
Santa, Menlo Park: Linfield Oaks
on Dec 5, 2014 at 1:31 pm

do you want it by cd, or the county?

For example, Anna's district - voting age pop demo
White Black Hisp. Asian Native Other
61.1% 2.0% 15.0% 19.2% 0.2% 2.5%

2014 Vote
Total Dem Rep Other
196,386 133,060 63,326 0

Looking for the county info? Go to the county site. They'll have it up soon, if not already.


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