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San Mateo County Assessor-Clerk-Recorder-Elections
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Official Election Site of San Mateo County

MARK CHURCH, Chief Elections Officer & Assessor-County Clerk-Recorder

June 5, 2012 Presidential Primary Election


Election Results


Top Two Candidates Open Primary Act


On June 8, 2010, California voters approved Proposition 14, creating a Top Two Candidates Open Primary. This new method to determine finalists for the General Election will take effect in San Mateo County with the Presidential Primary on June 5, 2012. Voters used to only be able to vote for candidates with the same political party affiliation as themselves. In recent years, decline to state (non-partisan) voters were given the option to vote for partisan candidates when a party allows for such participation. The Top Two Candidates Open Primary system permits all voters to vote for any candidate, no matter the voter's or candidate's political party preference except for the offices of President and County Central Committees.


The Top Two Candidate Open Primary system will make a difference for registered voters in the primary election for state constitutional, U.S. Congressional, and state legislative offices. All candidates for a given state or congressional office will be listed on a single Primary Election ballot. Voters will then be able to vote for any candidate on that ballot, no matter the voter's political party preference. Only the top two candidates from this single Primary Election ballot will advance to the General Election in November, 2012.


For a more comprehensive understanding of the Top Two Candidate Open Primary system please see the Question and Answer chart below.


pdf Top Two FAQ


pdf Sample Ballot & Official Voter Information Pamphlet


This pamphlet contains all measures and candidate statements submitted for the June 5 Presidential Primary. For the pamphlet that contains only contests you are qualified to vote on, please go to "Check My Registration/Access My Election Materials/View My Sample Ballot Pamphlet."


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pdf Election Calendar


pdf Roster of Candidates


pdf Randomized Alphabet Drawing - State


pdf Randomized Alphabet Drawing - Local


pdf Candidate Guide


Ballot Measure Information


Resolutions calling for ballot measures to be placed on the June 5, 2012 ballot will be posted as they are filed as a courtesy.


Arguments posted are posted exactly as they were submitted. These ballot measures, arguments and impartial analyses will be published in the Sample Ballot & Official Voter Information Pamphlet.


NOTE: The 10-calendar-day review period for the impartial analyses below begins at 5:00 p.m. on March 29, 2012, and ends at 5:00 p.m. on April 8, 2012. (This does not change the review period for Rebuttal Arguments, which is as listed in the Election Calendar linked above.)


School Measures

County-Wide Measures


Special District Measures

Measure Z
County Service Area One - Special Tax for Extended Police and Structural Fire Protection Services
pdf Board Resolution and Measure pdf Full Text
pdf Impartial Analysis pdf Argument in Favor


Measure V
Portola Valley District - Wayside II Road Maintenance
pdf Resolution and Measure pdf Impartial Analysis




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Registration & Elections Division
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Phone: (650) 312-5222
Fax: (650) 312-5348
Email: registrar@smcare.org


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