Palo Alto City Elections in Even-Numbered Years, Measure S (November 2010)

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A Palo Alto City Elections in Even-Numbered Years, Measure S ballot proposition was on the November 2, 2010 ballot for voters in the City of Palo Alto in Santa Clara County.[1] It was approved.

Measure S allows the city to hold city elections in even-numbered years instead of odd-numbered years.

Holding elections in even-numbered years is viewed by supporters as a cost-cutting measure. Because it would allow the city to consolidate city elections with county, state and national elections, Measure S might save the city up to $200,000 every two years.

Those who prefer to hold city elections in odd-numbered years said that voters can focus more on city issues when the election features just city candidates and ballot measures.

Election results

  • Yes: 19,509 (76.27%) Approveda
  • No: 6,071 (23.73%)

These election results are from the Santa Clara County elections division as of November 27, 2010.

Text of measure

The question on the ballot:

Measure S: To consolidate with county and State elections and help reduce the City’s election costs, shall Article III, section 3 of the Palo Alto City Charter be amended to change the City’s general municipal elections to each even-numbered year, with the next election scheduled for 2012, and to extend the terms of all current council members by one year in order to complete the transition to even-numbered year elections?[2]

External links


  1. Palo Alto Daily News, "Palo Alto's Nov. ballot takes shape; binding arbitration measure doesn't make it," August 3, 2010
  2. Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.

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