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Elections

Elections is Hiring!

The San Mateo County Registration & Elections Division is hiring for the November 6, 2018 Statewide General Election. Four categories of job openings are now accepting applications:

1. Election Materials Spanish and Chinese Proofreader

Ideal candidates will have a Bachelor’s degree or higher in proofreading, editing, journalism, translating, literature or other related field; technical writing certificate or other related certification; at least one-year experience proofreading documents and/or translating in English, Spanish, or Chinese; and a professional background in proofreading, editing, journalism, translating, creative or technical writing, or other related field.

2. Election Vote Center Representative (Extra-Help, Seasonal)

Ideal candidates will have a minimum of one year of general clerical, office assistant, or phone services and 1 year of computer experience. The position requires basic addition and subtraction. Vote Center Representatives must be proficient in the operation of a computer and computer software and applications.

3. Election Worker – Office Assistant (Extra-Help, Seasonal)

Ideal clerical support and customer service candidates will have a minimum of one year of general clerical, office assistant, phone services, or computer experience. Outreach services candidates will have strong public speaking abilities and are bilingual in at least one of the above listed languages. Voting equipment candidates will have attention to detail and be able to lift and carry materials weighing more than 50 pounds. Office assistants able to work multiple elections are preferred. Office hours are 8:00 am to 4:30 pm, Monday through Friday. These positions may require weekend and evening work assignments.

4. Election Worker – Office Specialist (Extra Help, Seasonal)

Ideal vote center tech support candidates will have computer experience and have attention to detail. Vote center trainer candidates will have strong public speaking abilities, computer proficiency, and previous knowledge of vote center procedures and the live vote center application.  

Don’t wait. Apply now to promote democracy in your community today.

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San Mateo County
California Voter's Choice Act

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San Mateo County

The California Voter’s Choice Act (VCA) is landmark legislation which fundamentally transforms the manner in which elections will be conducted in the State of California. San Mateo County is proud to be one of 14 counties authorized by the State to conduct elections under the new law.

On September 12, 2017, the San Mateo County Board of Supervisors authorized the Chief Elections Officer to proceed with the implementation of the Act and conduct the June 5, 2018 Statewide Direct Primary Election as the first election held under the California Voter’s Choice Act.

The California Voter’s Choice Act changes the traditional polling place election model to an All-Mailed Ballot/Vote Center model with ballot drop-off locations. The primary goal of this new legislation is to expand accessibility and voting opportunities for all voters, particularly those with disabilities, visual impairments and language minorities.

The California Voter’s Choice Act requires all counties conducting elections under the Act to prepare a draft Election Administration Plan (EAP) and after public comment, an Amended Draft EAP for the administration of elections under the new law.  The Amended Draft EAP was a collaborative effort prepared in consultation with our community partners and stakeholders.  It incorporated many of the recommendations obtained from our public hearings held on October 12, 2017, October 16, 2017, and January 18, 2018, with our language and disability communities and the general public.

With the posting of our Amended Draft EAP, the public was provided a 14-day comment period.  Upon conclusion of the comment period, the County’s Final EAP was formally adopted and submitted to the Secretary of State for approval.

The Registration & Elections Division is amending the EAP to incorporate proposed changes from community groups and stakeholders following the June 5, 2018 Statewide Direct Primary Election.  The public will have a 30-day comment period, through October 10, 2018, to comment on the Amended EAP.  Upon conclusion of the comment period, the Final EAP will be translated, posted on our website and submitted to the Secretary of State to post on their website.

In an effort to continually improve the VCA elections model, the law requires the Chief Elections Officer to hold additional public hearings within two years of conducting the first election and every four years thereafter, to consider revisions to the EAP.

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Feature – Black History Month

What is Black History Month?

Black History Month, also known as African American History Month, is an annual celebration and remembrance of the achievements of African Americans and their role in the history of the United States. First observed as “Negro History Week” in 1926 and expanded beginning in the 1970s, February has been recognized Black History Month by every President since Gerald Ford in 1976.