| 1. Where can I register to vote? |
You may register online here: http://registertovote.ca.gov/
You may register by mailing a completed Voter Registration Form to the San Mateo County Registration & Elections Division. Forms are available in person at public libraries, city and county offices, California Department of Motor Vehicles offices, and at U.S. Post Offices, or via on-line download. You may also call the San Mateo County Election office at (650) 312-5222 to mail a form to you within one business day.
| 2. How do I find out my polling place? |
You can also look up your polling place online at https://www.shapethefuture.org/apps/voterlookup/Default.aspx or look on the back cover of your Sample Ballot & Official Voter Information Pamphlet. It's important to double-check the location because polling place locations change from time to time. Voters typically receive their sample ballot pamphlets approximately 30 days before the election.
| 3. When are the polls open for voting? |
Polling places are open from 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Election Day. By law, you have a right to vote if you are in line at the polling place by the close of the polls.
| 4. What should I do if I think my Vote by Mail ballot will not arrive at the San Mateo County Registration & Elections Division by the 8 p.m. deadline? |
You may come in person to the San Mateo County Registration & Elections Division at 40 Tower Road in San Mateo and drop it off any time before Election Day between the hours of 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. On Election Day, you may return your Vote by Mail ballot to the San Mateo County Registration & Elections Division or any polling place in San Mateo County between the hours of 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
| 5. When is the candidate filing period for the General Municipal Election on November 5, 2013? |
Between July 15, 2013 and August 9, 2013
| 6. When will I receive my County Sample Ballot & Official Voter Information Pamphlet and State Voter Information Guide for the General Municipal Election on November 5, 2013? |
These items will be mailed between September 26, 2013 and October 15, 2013 to every voter who is registered at least 29 days prior to the election.
| 7. When may a registered voter request a Vote by mail ballot for the General Municipal Election on November 5, 2013? |
Any registered voter may request a Vote by mail ballot between October 7, 2013 and October 29, 2013. Any requests received prior to October 7 will be kept until this period and then processed.
| 8. When is the last day to register to vote for the General Municipal Election on November 5, 2013? |
Voter registration closes on October 21, 2013 for this election.
| 9. Where can I get the election results? |
The counting of ballots will commence when all polls are closed within the County of San Mateo. It is anticipated that the first report of semi-official results (Vote by Mail ballots only) will be released at 8:05 p.m., with cumulative updates scheduled every 30 minutes until completion. There are two different ways you may inquire about Election Night Semi-Official results:
| 10. How do I qualify for Permanent Vote by Mail Status? |
California allows any voter to request Permanent Vote by Mail status. Simply complete the online form at https://www.shapethefuture.org/votingoptions/permanentvbm.asp or fill out the request form on the back of the Sample Ballot & Official Voter Information Guide, sign it and mail it back to the San Mateo County Registration & Elections Division one week before the election. You may also call (650) 312-5222 and request an application from our office. A Vote by Mail ballot will automatically be sent to you for all future elections.
| 11. Who may register to vote? |
You may register to vote if you said yes to all of the following:
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