A reflective element assembly for a variable reflectance vehicular mirror includes a front substrate having a transparent conductive coating disposed on a second surface thereof, and a rear substrate having an electrically conductive metallic reflective coating disposed on a third surface thereof. An opacifying layer may be disposed around a perimeter border region of the second surface. The electrically conductive metallic reflective coating includes a principal reflecting region and a tab-out portion continuing from the principal reflecting region at least out to generally proximate a perimeter edge of the rear substrate. An electrically non-conductive perimeter border region of the third surface is substantially devoid of the electrically conductive metallic reflective coating. An electrically conductive element may at least partially establish electrical continuity to the tab-out portion and may provide a site at the fourth surface of the rear substrate for electrical connection.