IV. Research and Report Summaries
San Mateo County Report to the State Legislature & Secretary of State, November 3, 2015 All-Mailed Ballot Election - Mark Church, Assessor, County Clerk, Recorder & Chief Elections Officer, San Mateo County, May 3, 2016: Last November San Mateo County, California became the first county in the state, under a pilot project authorized by recent state law, to conduct an election wholly by mail. A report to the state legislature about the local consolidated municipal, school and special district elections, found it was one of the most efficient and successful elections ever held in the county. The election had the highest voter turnout in over 20 years with a 15 percent increase in turnout compared to the last similar election in 2013. There were also significant cost savings when compared to 2013, as cities had an average savings of 17 percent, special districts 15 percent, and school districts 39 percent.
Latino Voters at Risk: Assessing the Impact of Restrictive Voting Changes In Election 2016 - NALEO Educational Fund, May 2016: This new report finds that more than 875,000 Latino voters in 19 states may find it more difficult to cast ballots in 2016 than in 2012.