Used to running local elections, Acting Registrar Cynthia Paes has now been named the new registrar of electors for San Diego County.
Paes has served as interim clerk since January and has guided his team through four elections, including the recent statewide re-election gubernatorial election.
Paes also successfully launched several firsts after the supervisory board decided to move the county to Voter Choice Act.
All 1.97 million voters in the county received mail-in ballots in the recall election. Allocated polling stations were replaced with polling stations allowing voters to vote at one of more than 200 sites, and ballot tagging devices were introduced for all voters in person.
“She has over thirty elections to her name and will continue the county’s excellent record in administering fair, accurate, accessible, transparent and secure elections with the highest level of care and integrity,” said Executive Director Helen Robbins-Meyer.
Paes will also continue to foster community engagement efforts to ensure that every qualified person can access the voting process and know their many options for voting.
Paes started with the county in 2002 with the Health and Human Services Agency. In 2011, she became the Chief Assistant of the Electoral Services Division and within two years she was promoted to Assistant to the Registrar of Electors. She became Acting Registrar when former Registrar Michael Vu became Deputy County Administrative Director.
Paes holds a Masters of Public Administration from California State University, Stanislaus, and is a Chartered Election / Registration Administrator with the National Association of Elections Officials.