San Mateo County Method of Filling Vacancies on the Board of Supervisors, Measure U (November 2010)

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Measure U, a Method of Filling Vacancies on the Board of Supervisors ballot proposition was on the November 2, 2010 ballot for voters in San Mateo County. It was approved.

Measure U amends the San Mateo County Charter to require that when there is a vacancy on the San Mateo County Board of Supervisors, it will be filled by a special election if the vacancy occurs on or before October 15 of the third year of the term that became vacant. If the seat became vacant after October 15 of the third year of the term of that supervisor, the vacancy can be filled by election or appointment.

Measure U also says that when elections take place to fill vacancies, the elections can be administered exclusively on a mail-in ballot basis. Additionally, it says that the processes required to fill a vacancy will begin on the day that a resignation letter is filed.

Election results

  • Yes: 115,884 (65.88%) Approveda
  • No: 60,008 (34.12%)

Election results are from the San Mateo County elections division as of November 27, 2010.

A simple majority vote was required for approval.


The voter pamphlet arguments in favor of Measure U were signed by:

  • Richard S. Gordon, President, Board of Supervisors
  • Mark Church, Member, Board of Supervisors
  • Jacqueline Jacobberger, President, League of Women Voters North and Central San Mateo County
  • Susan Brissenden – Smith, Charter Review Committee Member
  • Sean Foote, Chairman, Charter Review Committee

The two main arguments they advanced are that Measure U will:

  • "Save taxpayer dollars."
  • "Enhance democracy by increasing the voice of voters in electing County Supervisors."

Text of measure

The question on the ballot:

Measure U: Shall the San Mateo County Charter be amended to require filling of vacancies on the Board of Supervisors by election for vacancies occurring on or before October 15th of the third year of the term, and by election or appointment for vacancies after October 15th; and to authorize, for vacancies in any county elected office, an all-mailed ballot election, and commencement of the process to fill the vacancy on the date a resignation letter is filed?[1]

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