Welcome to the blog for Shape the Future, the official Web site of the San Mateo County Elections Office.

This blog will give you an in-depth look at all that goes into the casting of your vote. Your ballot shows up in your mailbox or you vote on an eSlate on Election Day, but what goes on behind the scenes to get it there? More importantly, how do you know that voting is secure and your vote is accurately counted? Many of our posts will be about election preparations that focus on ensuring security and integrity.

Comments on posts are encouraged – ask questions, raise concerns, offer praise. Engage in your democracy!

Inside we go…


6 responses to “About

  1. To Whom It May Concern,

    My name is Viridiana Loza, and I am contacting you regarding your San Mateo County Inside Elections site at http://insideelections.shapethefuture.org/.

    I work at the Election Administration Research Center (EARC) at UC Berkeley, which seeks to improve the administration of elections through research, education, and public outreach. EARC studies elections at both the state and local levels and disseminates its findings to election officials, academic researchers, and members of the public. Research and publication topics will include the organization of local election departments, the process of administering elections, the behavior and characteristics of state and local election officials and staff, the role of advocates for voters’ rights in election reform, and the implementation of new election policies. The current EARC research program involves a systematic study of poll worker training in California counties with the aim of assessing variation, determining areas for standardization, and making recommendations for improvement of poll worker training methods and practices.

    I am would like to submit for your consideration our site, located at http://earc.berkeley.edu. Our site highlights information on election administration, voting, election laws, current news related to election administration, and lists several resources and websites that provide related information. Considering that your site provides information related to election administration, I would like to request a link to our homepage at http://earc.berkeley.edu. I believe an appropriate location would be under the “Blogroll” section of your site. Our website has already placed a link to your site that you can see at http://earc.berkeley.edu/links.php.

    Please let me know if the above provides you with the information you need to review and consider our website for linking. I can be reached via email at viridiana@cain.berkeley.edu, or, if you’d like to talk about this by phone, my direct number is (510) 642-8506.

    I hope you find this link useful to your site. We at EARC would certainly appreciate a link from your site. Please feel free to contact me with any questions.


    Viridiana Loza
    Election Administration Research Center

  2. Good work, keep it up 😉

  3. After reading this article, I feel that I really need more information on the topic. Can you share some more resources please?

  4. thanks! just what I was looking for 🙂

  5. Well, I have been trying to make a go of it and blogging my brains out, but I certainly have to give you credit. That was excellently done. I don’t always make such clear points and a lot of blogs I read are poorly written and leave wondering just what were they trying to say.

    I find it so hard to come up with new ideas and rewritting someone else’s work can backfire. Particularly if you don’t know whether they are truly an expert in their field. The longer I work on the internet the more I wonder about most of the content. However, to be fair their are many aurthors in the print media out there that espouse their ideas as fact when they are clearly questionable. It is almost as easy to have a book published as an ebook.

    Anyway, thanks for the great blog.

  6. AH! This is the sort of thing I have been looking for. Great article. Doing some research for an article. You should add buttons to the bottom of your posts to social bookmarking sitest.

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