July 31, 2015

On August 15, 2014 Governor Brown signed into law Assembly Bill 2028 (Mullin) authorizing San Mateo COWnty to conduct an all-mail ballot pilot program for up to three elections wholly by mail. Our COWncil approved participation in this program on May 26th. Therefore, COWs who are registered voters will receive a ballot for the November 3, municipal election in the mail along with a return envelope and prepaid postage.

Woodside has 3744 registered voters, so your vote really counts. We hope the ease of this pilot project will encourage more people to vote in local elections. .. Democracy relies on informed participation. If you are not registered to vote, you can do that on-line. Register to Vote here.

Hopefully this pilot program will provide a unique opportunity to increase voter participation while substantially reducing the costs of conducting local elections. Many busy COWs enjoy being able to vote by mail. For those who like to vote in person, there will be a polling place voting option on Election Day as well as a ballot drop off location in town beginning 28 days before the election. Yolo County had an election under the pilot project, and experienced a cost savings of 43% in an all ballot election.

We want to thank Assembly member Kevin Mullin who represents are neighboring district for this innovative program.

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