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