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Warren Slocum Will Not Seek Re-election

Warren Slocum, Chief Elections Officer & Assessor-County Clerk-Recorder

Today, Warren Slocum advised the staff in our office, San Mateo County leaders and the public at large of his intention not to seek re-election. 

In his own words…

I am announcing today that I will not seek re-election as San Mateo County’s Assessor-County Clerk-Recorder. It has been an honor, a privilege, and a pleasure to serve the people of this great county.

I was first elected in 1986 and have served in government since 1976 – over thirty years. I am ready to consider doing other things – making other contributions to our community.

During my terms of office, I have had the good fortune to work with some of the best and brightest elected officials and the finest men and woman in government. The residents of San Mateo County are blessed with a stable, well-run county government.

My father always taught me that one person can make a difference. I believe this to be true. This belief is shared among the people that have worked for me and together we have created a legacy of excellence and innovation. While I will miss these outstanding men and women, I will find new opportunities and continue to make a difference in the community.

 My current term of office will end in January 2011. I will use the remaining months of my term to complete some of my initiatives. I have talked with the County Manager and the President of the Board of Supervisors and made my plans known.

 The election for all elected county positions will be on June 8; the filing period for these offices will open on February 16 and close on March 12.  However, as in my case, if an incumbent does not file by March 12, the filing period is extended to March 17.


Conduct California’s “Budget Fix” Special Election by Mail

The article below is an opinion-editorial piece written by Warren Slocum, as submitted to the Sacramento Bee.

As the budget impasse now reaches the 100 day mark, the word is that California will have a special election in May or June. While the exact date of that “budget fix” election is not known at this time, there is one thing we know for certain. If that election is conducted by mail it would save taxpayers big bucks.

No matter what ends up on the ballot, the election will carry a healthy price tag for county governments. And it comes exactly at a time when they can least afford it. While the state has said they will repay counties for the costs of the special election, Registrars of Voters are not holding their collective breath. Who knows when “the check will be in the mail?”

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Chief Elections Officer Warren Slocum in Washington D.C.

Our Chief Elections Officer Warren Slocum was able to travel to Washington D.C. for the President Barack Obama’s inauguration.  Our website, http://www.shapethefuture.org, as well as our twitter site at http://www.twitter.com/smcvote will be updated throughout the day with posts from Mr. Slocum direct from Washington as he witnesses the inaugural climate firsthand.

Make sure to check out these sites to keep up-to-date with Mr. Slocum!




Our take on the Friends of Bay Meadows ruling

By now you’ve probably heard that a ruling made Wednesday by the state’s First District Court of Appeals significantly stiffled the effort by Friends of Bay Meadows to ask voters whether the Bay Meadows race track in San Mateo should be redeveloped.

The San Mateo City Council voted in 2005 to allow Bay Meadows Land Company to tear down the track to make way for housing, retail and office space. The opposition group Friends of Bay Meadows began collecting petition signatures for a referendum to overturn the decision.  In Jan. 2006, San Mateo City Clerk Norma Gomez and San Mateo County Chief Elections Officer Warren Slocum refused to certify the petition on the grounds that it was short of the required 4,661 valid signatures (10 percent of registered voters in San Mateo County).

Horse and jockey racing at Bay Meadows race track in San Mateo

Friends of Bay Meadows sued the City of San Mateo, Gomez and Slocum, leaving it up to a judge to determine if we had properly done our job in reviewing the signatures against voter registration affadavits. Friends submitted 5,708 signatures – far more than required – but we found 1,131 invalid. A decision in San Mateo County Superior Court in July reinstated some signatures, but otherwise agreed that we had done our job right and left the Friends of Bay Meadows still 84 signatures short.

Now the state Court of Appeals agrees we did our job correctly too.

“The unique thing about the election process is there’s always a winner and a loser,” Slocum said about the ruling. “People should feel confident that their government – their elections officials – acted properly. They acted properly, impersonally and in accordance with law.”

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Taking feedback from poll workers, teleconference style

Gone are the days when a paper survey was enough to gauge what our more than 2,000 poll workers really think about working on Election Day. In an effort to be a little more 21st century – and a little more meaningfully engaged with poll workers – we’ve upgraded to teleconferencing.

Warren Slocum and David Tom listen to feedback from poll workers via teleconference

We invited poll workers who completed our Poll Worker Academy this summer to participate in one of four hour-long teleconferences this week to give their feedback directly to Warren Slocum, our Chief Elections Officer, and other election officials. About 20 to 30 poll workers called in each time, and they had plenty to say, covering everything from training and polling place facilities to procedures for closing the polls.

Slocum encouraged the brutal truth: “You can say stupid, it’s O.K. Our feelings won’t be hurt.”

We also conducted a similar conference call with field technicians, who provide technical support and fixes at the polls on Election Day for the eSlates, our electronic voting machines. Poll workers were instructed to call a toll-free number; we monitored and managed calls with the help of some software and an LCD screen.

To give you a taste…

On training:

“The information in the training was quite well done, I felt more than adequately trained,” said Loreli Trippel, who worked the polls in Redwood Shores. “We were able to deal with any issue that came up as a result of the training.”

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Nearly there: Election results certified

Tuesday marked the nearly there point in closing the chapter on the Nov. 6 Consolidated Municipal, School and Special District Election.

That’s because our Chief Elections Officer Warren Slocum put his John Hancock on the Statement of the Vote, certifying the results of the 41 local races and ballot measures. It’s a pretty weighty document, 147 pages in all, but it’s yours for the viewing.

The Statement of the Vote signed by Chief Elections Office Warren Slocum

Certification marks the end of the required one percent manual recount, which took about three days to complete last week.

Elections Manager David Tom said the recount revealed nothing out of the ordinary, with small discrepancies requiring reconcilliation that are common in every election.

“The machine votes were perfect,” Tom said, referring to recounted votes that were cast on eSlates, our electronic voting machines. “The paper ballots, there’s room for interpretation. One here, one there. It’s typically what we find in any election.”

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AARP looks to Slocum for election reform ideas

AARP’s National Policy Council members listen to election reform ideas from Warren SlocumSeeking a little help from the experts, the National Policy Council of AARP recently looked to our own Chief Elections Officer, Warren Slocum, for some advice on what election-related reforms should be part of their national legislative agenda.

The council, a special advisory body of 25 volunteers, studies public policy options and hears from renowned experts, elected leaders and everyday people. The council then makes policy recommendations to AARP’s Board of Directors. AARP, as you may know, is the non-profit information and advocacy group for people 50 and older. They’ve got more than 39 million members, and are a powerful force in politics.

Inspecting hanging chads with a magnifier during the 2000 Presidential ElectionAlong with Slocum, AARP sought input in San Francisco Tuesday from Leon Panetta, former chief of staff to President Bill Clinton, and Zabrae Valentine, director of the Commonwealth Club of California’s Voices of Reform Project. A pretty impressive lot!

Inspecting hanging chads with a magnifying glass during the 2000 electionSlocum recounted the seeds of distrust in our election system that were sown by the handling of the 2000 Presidential election (how can we forget hanging chads? See photo if you need a refresher). He urged the council to support reforms that would simplify and standardize elections nationwide.

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