All-mail-in ballot election is on for November


The all-mail-in ballot election is on for November in San Mateo County. This pilot project -- being tried in two counties in the state -- needed, and now has, the support of all jurisdictions in the county having elections this fall, according to the county Elections Office.

On Wednesday night ( July 29), the governing board of the Jefferson Elementary School District in Daly City, the one jurisdiction that had yet to pass a resolution in support of the idea, did so.

This experiment of conducting up to three elections by mail-in ballot is being tried in San Mateo and Yolo counties under the authority of a state law.

Proponents of all-mail elections point to the benefits of lower cost and possibly higher voter turnout. In the June primary, 78 percent of the ballots cast in San Mateo County were mail-in ballots.

In an "all-mail" election, each city and town would have at least one physical location where voters can drop off completed mail-in ballots. On Election Day, each city and town would have one polling place for traditional in-person private voting, and it would be accessible to people with disabilities, according to the county Elections Office.

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