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County Elections Office Ready For A Busy 2016 – Looks To Connect With Contra Costans



Good morning!

As we approach the end of 2015 our office is already working on what will be a very busy 2016 election year.

Election preparations are a year round activity with our teams working on polling place locations, servicing election equipment, recruiting and training poll workers, community outreach and engagement, coordinating with our partner City Clerks and much, much more.

As we move into the new year we will be offering more information about upcoming elections and the opportunities you have to get up to date information on the candidates and elections. We will offer more training and education opportunities for those of you who are interested in running for office or working at the polls on election day.

To stay up to date on our efforts, information on how to be an informed voter, opportunities to get involved in our community and other fun stuff, we invite you to check out our “Engage Contra Costa” page on Facebook.

On behalf of our entire office, we wish you the happiest and healthiest of holidays.


Paul Burgarino
Contra Costa County Clerk-Recorder-Elections Department
Community Education and Engagement Specialist


  1. Thank you, Paul, for the nice note and seasons greetings. The same to you, also. I think your department does a great job and I have always been very happy with the election process here. No one probably expects a response to a greeting like yours, but in case you do circle back, I have a couple of points. One, is a thank you for the early California map on your site. To me it looks like Antioch was supposed to be called New York originally. I can’t find any other reference to that but I am bad at searching. And on that latter point, while there is a huge amount of information on your site about historical election results, it is not obvious to me where the historical Voter’s Pamphlets are stored. A few times I have wanted to review the wording of a proposition or some such thing. If I could make a suggestion for your community outreach program, it would be to make that publication more obvious for someone like me to find. Again, thank you for the work that you do.

  2. Napoleon, I will look into that. Thank you Tony. Danica, hopefully you check out and “Like” our EngageContraCosta Facebook page. Joyce, it’s very complicated, but California and voting in general is way behind the technology curve. In the meantime, we will be trying to make the current vote-by-mail and in-person voting systems as easy as possible.

  3. Nice to be able to talk with someone at the county level in this way. Refreshing. And I agree with previous posters in that this is very important and critical to government in general and our role as citizens in particular. Good dialogue — it would be nice to do more.

  4. I have read that DMV signatures are being used to validate ballots in California. Is that true?

    My signature at DMV is not the same as my signature on my voter registration. In fact, my voter registration is about the only place where I sign with my full name, and it concerns me that my vote might be disqualified on some technical basis.

  5. David, did you register to vote online or with a paper registration card? And, we have three levels of signature verification, so if the last name looks the same, it will qualify.

  6. You’re welcome. Please “Like” our Facebook page or @EngageCoCo on Twitter. We have a pretty cool announcement coming this week.

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