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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.

See the LWVC Pros & Cons to help evaluate the state ballot measures.

March 7 Special Election

Menlo Park City Elementary School District Measure X

Find information about Measure X, a parcel tax.

March 28 Special Election

San Mateo-Foster City School District Measure Y

Find information about Measure Y, a parcel tax.

Pros & Cons of the State Ballot Measures

There were 17 measures on the California ballot on November 8, 2016. The LWV California prepared an analysis of the state ballot measures to help voters. See the Pros & Cons

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.

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.

Register to Vote

The deadline to register for the November 8, 2016 election was Monday, October 24, 2016. 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.

Voting by Mail in San Mateo County

Election Day on Tuesday, November 3, 2015 was different for San Mateo County voters. The County is part of a pilot program, along with Yolo County, for all mail voting. Instead of going to local polling places on Election Day, every registered voter in the county received a postage-paid ballot and was asked to mail it in.

Since over 57% of San Mateo County voters already vote by mail, this was nothing new for most.

The process will be in effect for elections in 2017. The 2016 elections are statewide so they are conducted as in the past.

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.