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San Mateo County Assessor-Clerk-Recorder-Elections
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Official Election Site of San Mateo County

MARK CHURCH, Chief Elections Officer & Assessor-County Clerk-Recorder

Vote by Mail

The request period for a Vote by Mail ballot to be delivered by mail is over for the November 8, 2016 election. You may visit a Voting Center to pick up a ballot or vote in person.

Information on Becoming a Permanent Vote by Mail Voter

Receive a Vote by Mail Ballot

Every permanent Vote by Mail voter will be mailed a ballot on October 11, 2016. The ballot will come in an envelope that looks like this:

Inside the ballot packet you will find:

  • Your Official Ballot
  • The postage-paid return envelope
  • Voting Instructions

Delivery of the mailed ballot depends on your local mail service. If you don’t receive your ballot by October 18, 2016 -

how to mark your ballot

Vote by Mail Ballot

Voting by mail is easy!

  1. Vote your ballot by filling in the box next to your choice.
  2. Put your voted ballot inside the pink postage paid return envelope.
  3. Sign the return envelope. (This is important! In order to count your ballot, we must match your signature on the envelope with the signature in your voter registration record.)
  4. Seal the envelope.
  5. Return the ballot.

Return Your Ballot

Return my ballot

Don’t delay! Once you vote your ballot and properly sign the envelope, you need to return it on time. Here’s how:

  • Mail it in the return envelope. It can only be accepted if it is postmarked on or before Election Day, November 8, 2016 and received by Monday, November 14, 2016.
  • Drop it off at any city or town hall in San Mateo County. Click here for a list of locations and hours.
  • Drop it off at our 24-hour drop box at 40 Tower Road, San Mateo until 8 p.m. on November 8, 2016.
  • Drop it off at a Voting Center. Click here for locations and hours of operation.
  • Drop it off at a Polling Place on Election Day only.

Get a Replacement Ballot

If you make a mistake voting your ballot or you haven’t received your ballot, you can get a replacement ballot. Here are the ways to request a replacement ballot:


Emergency Vote by Mail Voting - Authorized Ballot Pick-up

If, during the seven days before an election, you find that you will be unable to vote in person on Election Day, you may request in a written statement, signed under penalty of perjury, that a ballot be delivered to your authorized representative. Your authorized representative will receive your ballot after presenting the signed statement at the San Mateo County Registration & Elections Division.



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Registration & Elections Division
40 Tower Road, San Mateo, CA 94402
Phone: (650) 312-5222
Fax: (650) 312-5348
Email: registrar@smcare.org


Assistance for Voters with Disabilities:

Dial 711 For Telecommunications Relay Service
Phone: 1 (888) 762-8683
Language Assistance
Phone: 1 (888) 762-8683 or 1 (888) SMC-VOTE