The 2008 Presidential General Election is now certified. Official results can be found on our website at http://www.shapethefuture.org/elections/results/november2008/results.asp.
It’s been a pretty grueling year — the Elections office conducted six elections in 12 months and ended the cycle with the historic 2008 Presidential General Election.
A number of races had a tremendous amount of media and public attention — not just the presidential contest. The result was a huge turnout, albeit not as huge as we originally anticipated. Still, 78.86% turnout in a year where election fatigue had really hit most of the County is a statistic not to be ignored.
Hundreds upon hundreds of people came in to our early voting centers in San Mateo and Redwood City; we had more early voters in one day than we would typically have during an entire election.
Even more voters opted to Vote by Mail, with Vote by Mail ballots accounting for 45.83% of the total ballots cast.
And after 12 months of virtually non-stop work, our Olympus machine will finally get to rest its weary mechanical arms and sleep until a 2009 election is called.
What will the rest of the Election staff be doing? Cleaning up after the 2008 cycle, updating voter registration, creating and revising procedure manuals, and much, much more. Stay tuned to this blog, because even though the 2008 election cycle is done, the Elections Office is not!