10-Day Public Review Period to Open for the May 3 Consolidated Local Special Election

Archive Press Release

Contact: Mark Church, Assessor-County Clerk-Recorder

Alternate: David Tom, Elections Manager

(Redwood City, CA) San Mateo County Chief Elections Officer Mark Church announced that the 10-day public review period for candidate statements and ballot measures included on the May 3 Consolidated Local Special Election ballot will open Feb. 4 at 5 p.m. after the close of the filing period. To date, ballot measures have been submitted by the San Carlos School District and Ravenswood City School District. Other jurisdictions may choose to consolidate an election with the scheduled May 3 Consolidated Local Special Election but they must file by 5 p.m. on Feb. 4 to qualify for inclusion in this election. The full text of ballot measures will be available for review on the website, www.shapethefuture.org, on Feb. 7, or viewable in person at the Elections Office at 40 Tower Road in San Mateo during regular business hours. Candidate statements will also be viewable in person at the office.

The purpose of the public review period is to give voters an opportunity to review and/or challenge the language of a proposed ballot measure or candidate statement before it is published in the Official Voter Information Guide. During each of the successive 10-day public review periods, any voter of the jurisdiction in which the election is being held, or the county elections official, himself, may seek a writ of mandate or an injunction requiring any or all of the materials to be amended or deleted.  The writ of mandate or injunction request shall be filed no later than the end of the review period.                                      

The three public review periods that will occur for the May 3 Consolidated Local Special Election relate to the rolling deadlines for specific documents that will be published in the Official Voter Information Guide. The review periods are as follows:

Documents Deadline for Submittal  
Candidate Statements
Notes: 1) Candidate statements are optional and paid for by the candidate(s); not all candidates file statements. 2) The candidate filing period is not extended during this election because the incumbent vacated the office. 
Feb. 4 at 5 p.m. 

Feb. 4 – Feb. 14

Ballot Measures    
Primary Arguments for/against measures Feb. 11 at 5 p.m. 

Feb. 11 – Feb. 22 
Note:  The period ends on Monday, Feb. 21, which is the Presidents Day holiday; therefore, the period is extended by one day.

Rebuttal Arguments for / against Primary Arguments Feb. 22 at 5 p.m. Feb. 22 – March 4

 Note: Impartial Analyses are written by County Counsel for county, school district and special district measures. City Attorneys prepare the independent analyses for city measures.

By law, public review periods open when the filing deadline for each type of election document passes. All documents listed above, except candidate statements will be posted on the website, www.shapethefuture.org, on the Monday following the filing deadline.

Additional information regarding the May 3 Consolidated Local Special Election is available on the Elections website, www.shapethefuture.org or by calling (650) 312-5222.

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