San Mateo County Happy With All-Mail Ballot Test
Do they mail you the “I Voted” sticker?
Election officials mailed ballots to all 354,000 registered voters in the county.
The state made San Mateo and Yolo Counties, the focus points of a 3-year pilot program to test out an all mail-in voting system.
County Clerk Mark Church has since said that the election ran efficiently, with roughly 29% turnout (~102K votes).
32 Physical polling places saw only 2,133 ballots cast in-person. That is down from the “usual” 209 polling places officials say.
Financial numbers on the savings from the all mail election are not yet available, but Church said that is only one of the arguments in favor of the switch to mail. Church added, "It's becoming increasingly hard to recruit qualified people to work at the polls on Election Day."
That being said, the 2016 presidential primary and general election are exempt from the pilot program.
Further details on San Mateo’s election can be found here.