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Registration Information and Election Resources

Voter's Edge CaliforniaEasy Voter Guide - English

Be informed with our election resources including Voter's Edge California and the Easy Voter Guide.

Register to Vote

The deadline to register for the November 7, 2017 election is Monday, October 23, 2017. If you are not registered, you can pick up a voter registration form at any library or post office. Or you can register online.

To register to vote, you must be

--- at least 18 years old

--- a resident of California

--- a United States citizen

--- not in prison or on parole for a felony conviction

If you have moved since the last election, you must re-register to vote.

You can register to vote online. To register online, you will need:

  • Your California driver license or California identification card number
  • The last four digits of your social security number
  • Your date of birth

You may also fill out a voter registration form and mail it to the County Elections Department. Forms are available in all public buildings, including libraries, city halls, post offices, Department of Motor Vehicles, etc.

Register in person at 40 Tower Road, San Mateo. For more information on registering to vote in San Mateo County or to find out if you are registered, go to the San Mateo County Election Department website, or call 650 312-5222.

Voter's Edge California

Voter's Edge CaliforniaGet the facts before you vote! Visit Voter's Edge California and enter your address to get your entire ballot and polling place.

Voter's Edge California provides unbiased, in-depth voting information on candidates, ballot measures, campaign funding info and Spanish translation for State and Federal races and other basic voting information.

All of the League's Voter Service publications are on Voter's Edge California, including the Pros & Cons and the Easy Voter Guide.

Visit Smart Voter's Election Archives for ballot lists, results, and campaign promises from 1996 through February 2016. You can also get your personalized ballot for any archived election.

Voting by Mail in San Mateo County

The California Voter's Choice Act (SB 450) became law in 2016 to make voting more convenient and accessible. San Mateo joins three other counties (Napa, Nevada, and Sacramento) in pilot programs starting with the 2018 Primary. Changes include sending all voters a mail-in ballot and replacing neighborhood polling places with regional Vote Centers.

For Election Day on Tuesday, November 3, 2015 San Mateo County was part of a pilot program, along with Yolo County, for all mail voting. Since over 57% of San Mateo County voters already vote by mail, this was nothing new for most.

Local Elections on Tuesday, November 7

Watch for information about local elections on Tuesday, November 7 in San Mateo County.

Elections in our League area will be held for Governing Board members in three school districts: Burlingame, San Carlos Elementary, and San Mateo-Foster City.

City Council elections are scheduled in Brisbane, Burlingame, San Bruno and San Mateo. San Bruno residents also elect their mayor.

Local measures are on the ballot in Brisbane, Burlingame, Pacifica and San Mateo.

Easy Voter Guide

Easy Voter Guide - English

The Easy Voter Guide has information to help new and busy voters learn about how to vote and what will be on the ballot in statewide elections. It also helps people learn how to make change in their community.

Other Resources

Check the San Mateo County Elections Department website for information about the county election system, current, future and past elections, elected public offices and officials, voter registration, polling places, voting by mail and much more.

Check the LWV California website for information on current election issues.