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October 4, 2012


Contact: Mark Church, Chief Elections Officer & Assessor-County Clerk-Recorder

Phone: 650.363.4988 Fax: 650.363.1903 E-mail:


Alternate: David Tom, Deputy Assessor-County Clerk-Recorder
Phone: (650) 312-5222 Fax: 650.312.5348 E-mail:


San Mateo County Schools Support democracyLIVE! Program

Students will get firsthand experience at the polls


(Redwood City, CA)Schools throughout the Peninsula have sprung into action in response to San Mateo County’s call for student election officers for the upcoming November 6, 2012 Presidential General Election.  Fifteen (15) schools will be participating in the program and 564 students have signed up.  “We have great schools in San Mateo County and when this opportunity became available to their students, the students responded.  We’re thrilled to have so many students actively serving on Election Day,” said Mark Church, Chief Elections Officer & Assessor-County Clerk-Recorder for San Mateo County.


The deadline to apply was September 14. Participating schools include:


Aragon High School

Burlingame High School

Carlmont High School

Crystal Springs Uplands School

Half Moon Bay High School

Hillsdale High School

Menlo-Atherton High School

Mills High School

Oceana High School

Redwood High School

San Mateo High School

Sterne High School

South San Francisco High School

Westmoor High School

Woodside High School



“This program creates a unique opportunity for students to participate in our democracy, witness the participation of voters in their own community, and provide a critical service to voters at the polls,” said Church.


Participating student election officers must be:

  • U.S. citizens,
  • A resident or student in San Mateo County,
  • 16 years of age,
  • Hold a 2.5 g.p.a.,
  • And have the permission of their parents (or guardians) and teachers. 

The California student election officer program was established in 1996 to allow students the opportunity to get an inside look at American democracy in action. Student election officers are critical members of the Election Day team, and provide support to Elections staff by assisting voters and managing polling place operations.


To learn more about the democracyLIVE! Program, please visit the democracyLIVE! website at or call the democracyLIVE! Program Coordinator, Keith Miller at 650.312-5238.