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Voter's Edge CaliforniaEasy Voter Guide - English

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

See the LWV California has Pros & Cons of the state ballot measures.

Big Changes for Voting in San Mateo County

Be ready for the changes for the June 5, 2018 election in San Mateo County!

San Mateo joins other counties in the program established by Senate Bill 450, also known as the California Voter's Choice Act (VCA). the bill was signed into law on September 29, 2016, authorizing 14 counties, including San Mateo, to conduct any election as an All-Mailed Ballot/Vote Center election commencing in 2018Sfor the 2018 statewide primary election. The California Voter's Choice Act (VCA) changes the traditional polling place election model to an all-mailed ballot/vote center model with ballot drop-off locations.

Every registered voter in San Mateo County will receive a postage-paid mail-in ballot. Neighborhood polling places will be replaced with regional Vote Centers and voters will have the option of using any of the voting centers to drop off the ballot or vote in person. Vote centers will begin opening 29 days before the election, when the ballot mailing begins. People will even be able to register at a voting center.

The primary goal of this new legislation is to expand accessibility and voting opportunities for all voters, particularly those with disabilities, visual impairments and language minorities.

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

For more information about the Voter's Choice Act.

The League distributed brochures throughout the county in an effort to inform voters about the changes. See the brochure.

Register to Vote

The deadline to register or re-register for the June 5, 2018 election is Monday, May 21. 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.

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

See the Pros & Cons of the state ballot measures.

See the LWV California recommendations on the state ballot measures.

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

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.

California now has a top-two primary system. The two candidates who receive the highest number of votes, regardless of party, will be on the ballot in November