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Voter turnout settles at 27 percent: Write-ins votes tallied
June 19, 2014, 05:00 AM By Michelle Durand Daily Journal

Christopher Shenfield

Juan Lopez

The two write-in candidates for judge and sheriff on the June primary ballot amassed hundreds of votes between them in an election that saw record low turnout in San Mateo County.

Juan Lopez and Christopher Shenfield both finished Election Night without enough votes to merit mention on the June 3 results but both men’s results are now reported by the Election Office’s semi-official tally.

Lopez, a sheriff’s deputy, received 997 votes, or 1.43 percent, in his bid to unseat current Sheriff Greg Munks. Munks received 68,530 votes or 98.57 percent of the vote.

Burlingame attorney Christopher Shenfield, a write-in candidate again Susan L. Greenberg and Jeffrey Hayden for a Superior Court judge spot, received 57 votes which is equal to 0.07 percent of the total. Greenberg won the election with 71.55 percent, or 55,972 votes, and Hayden received 28.38 percent or 22,197 votes.

While Shenfield said he purposefully decided to run after the candidacy period closed, Lopez tried to get his paperwork filed in time and narrowly missed the deadline.

Both men ran in a gubernatorial primary that saw historic lows in participation statewide.

In San Mateo County, of 354,994 registered votes, 97,443 individuals — or, 27.45 percent — cast ballots. While an increase from the less than 20 percent turnout reported at the close of election night and likely above the state average, the latest figures are still “very low compared to four years ago,” said Elections Division Manager David Tom.

Tom wasn’t certain if the percentage was an all-time drop but said “it’s definitely a record low within the last 20 to 30 years.”

The results also show that county voters continue preferring absentee ballots as their method of voting. Vote by mail ballots were 21.27 percent of the total, followed by 6.06 percent cast at precincts and .12 percent at voting centers.

The results will be deemed official and certified once the Elections Office finishes its mandatory 1 percent tally to verify the accuracy of the automated count. For the tally, precincts are randomly chosen by throwing three 10-sided dice. The tally began Monday, June 16 and must be finished within 28 days of the election.

All June 3 primary results are available online at

(650) 344-5200 ext. 102



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