County of San Benito Clerk, Auditor & Recorder

How to Count Words

Each word is counted as one word except:
PunctuationPunctuation is not counted.
Titles:Words used in the heading of a candidate’s statement, including the office title, candidate’s name, occupation and age are not counted.
Cities / CountiesAll geographical names shall be counted as one word. Areas that have political boundaries with an elected or appointed board are considered geographic areas by this office. For example, “County of San Benito” and “Hollister Unified School District” shall each be counted as one word.
AbbreviationsEach abbreviation for a word, phrase, or expression shall be counted as one word
HyphenationsHyphenated words that appear in any generally available dictionary shall be considered as one word. Each part of all other hyphenated words shall be counted as a separate word.
DatesDates shall be counted as one word regardless of how they are written (1/1/2015 or January 1, 2015).
NumbersAny number consisting of a digit or digits shall be considered as one word.
    - “100" shall be counted as one word
Any number that is spelled shall be considered as separate words.
    - “one hundred” shall be counted as two words
Phone and InternetWebsite addresses and telephone numbers are one word.
Number SymbolsPercent Signs (%), Number Signs (#), etc.: It is department policy to count numbers consisting of a digit or digits used with a dollar sign ($), cent sign (¢), percentage sign (%), or number sign (#) as one word.

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