Vote Centers & Vote in Person

Overview

Vote Centers
Vote Early or on Election Day

California law allows voters to cast their ballot during the 29-day period prior to Election Day and on Election Day. You may cast your ballot via mail, or vote in person on paper or the electronic voting machine.

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Vote Center Locations & Hours

You may visit any of the following accessible Vote Centers in the County to register to vote, vote in person, return a voted ballot or request a replacement ballot:

Dates Open Number of Vote Centers Business Hours
October 5 to October 30* Three Vote Centers will be open. Weekdays 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
October 31 to November 2 Total of forty-five Vote Centers will be open. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
November 3 (Election Day) All forty-five Vote Centers will be open. 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Vote Centers open from October 5th through Election Day:

Redwood City
Assessor-County Clerk-Recorder
555 County Center
San Mateo
Registration & Elections Division
40 Tower Road
South San Francisco
Main Library
840 West Orange Avenue

Weekdays, October 5 to November 3;
Weekend, October 31 to November 1
*Vote Centers are closed on Columbus Day, Monday, October 12.

Vote Centers open from October 31 through Election Day:

Atherton
Menlo College, El Camino Hall
1000 El Camino Real

Belmont
Notre Dame de Namur University, Taube Center
1500 Ralston Avenue

Brisbane
City Hall, Council Chambers
50 Park Place
Burlingame
St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Foote Hall
415 El Camino Real
Colma
Colma Community Center, Banquet Hall
1520 Hillside Boulevard
Daly City
Bayshore Community Center, Gymnasium
450 Martin Street
Daly City
Jefferson Union High School District, Galleria
699 Serramonte Boulevard
Daly City
Lincoln Park Community Center
901 Brunswick Street
Daly City
Pacelli Event Center, Merced Room
145 Lake Merced Boulevard
Daly City
War Memorial Community Center, Gymnasium
6655 Mission Street
East Palo Alto
Lewis and Joan Platt Family YMCA – Half Gym
550 Bell Street
East Palo Alto
Saint Francis of Assisi Church
1425 Bay Road
Foster City
Foster City Community Center
1000 East Hillsdale Boulevard
Foster City
William E. Walker Recreation Center, Lagoon Room
650 Shell Boulevard
Half Moon Bay
Emergency Operations Center
537 Kelly Avenue
Hillsborough
Town Hall
1600 Floribunda Avenue
Menlo Park
Arrillaga Family Recreation Center, Sequoia Room
700 Alma Street
Menlo Park
Onetta Harris Community Center, Multipurpose Room
100 Terminal Avenue
Menlo Park
Residence Inn, Menlo Atherton Room
555 Glenwood Avenue
Millbrae
Millbrae Community Center
623 Magnolia Avenue
Moss Beach
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, Gymnasium
475 California Avenue
Pacifica
City Council Chambers
2212 Beach Boulevard
Pacifica
St. Peter Parish
700 Oddstad Boulevard
Portola Valley
Portola Valley Town Center, Community Hall
765 Portola Road
Redwood City
American Legion Post 105
651 El Camino Real
Redwood City
City Hall, City Chambers
1017 Middlefield Road
Redwood City
Fair Oaks Branch Library
2510 Middlefield Road
Redwood City
San Mateo County Law Library
710 Hamilton Street
Redwood City
San Mateo Office of Education, California Suite
101 Twin Dolphin Drive
San Bruno
Courtyard by Marriott San Francisco Airport
1050 Bayhill Drive
San Bruno
Skyline College, Building 12, Farallon Room
3300 College Drive
San Bruno
Veterans Memorial Recreation Center
251 City Park Way
San Carlos
Mahany Hall
1336 Arroyo Avenue
San Carlos
Peninsula Masonic Lodge #168
1150 Arroyo Avenue
San Carlos
San Carlos Library, Community Room, 2nd Floor
610 Elm Street
San Mateo
Beresford Recreation Center, Dance Room
2720 Alameda de las Pulgas
San Mateo
Congregational Church of San Mateo
225 Tilton Avenue
San Mateo
San Mateo County Event Center, West Parking Lot Entrance
2495 South Delaware Street
San Mateo
San Mateo Public Library, Oak Room
55 West 3rd Avenue
South San Francisco
Joseph A. Fernekes Recreation Building
781 Tennis Drive
South San Francisco
South San Francisco Conference Center, Oyster Point Room
255 South Airport Boulevard
Woodside
Woodside Village Church
3154 Woodside Road

Pop-Up Voting Service:

The Registration & Elections Division will be deploying voting equipment on November 2 and Election Day in remote voting areas in San Mateo County. 

Dates Open Number of Pop-Up Vote Centers Business Hours
November 2 One Pop-Up Vote Center will be open. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
November 3 (Election Day) All three Pop-Up Vote Centers will be open. 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Pop-Up Vote Center open November 2 through Election Day:

East Palo Alto
East Palo Alto Academy, Multipurpose Room
1050 Myrtle Street

Pop-Up Vote Centers open only on Election Day:

La Honda
La Honda Fire Brigade
8945 La Honda Road

Pescadero
La Honda-Pescadero Unified School District
360 Butano Cutoff

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Vote in Person

Once at a Vote Center

Here are the steps for voting at a Vote Center:

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Election Security and Accuracy

This section is an overview of the security features of election systems and the security procedures used by San Mateo County Elections designed to make ensure the integrity of the vote and the conduct of secure and accurate elections.

Voter Registration System

San Mateo County uses an Election Information Management System from DFM Associates, Inc. called EIMS. This system stores all the voter data and voter participation history in addition to other items. Below are some of the systems and protocols in place to protect the County’s Voter Registration System.

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San Mateo County Election Contingency Plan

Purpose

The San Mateo County Registration & Elections Division’s Ballot Contingency Plan satisfies the requirement under Election Code Section 14299 to submit an alternate procedure for precinct boards if they are “unable to furnish a ballot to a qualified voter because there is an insufficient number of ballots at the precinct” and are “awaiting the delivery of additional ballots.”

The number one goal is to ensure that no Vote Centers run out of ballots. We also recognize the need to assist the public by ensuring there is no perception or fear of vote centers running out of ballots.

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Vote Centers
Dominion Democracy Suite Voting System

At a Vote Center, voters have the option of marking a paper ballot or using the new touchscreen ballot marking tablet to mark their ballot.

Each Vote Center will have multiple accessible voting stations consisting of a modern touchscreen ballot marking tablet and an individual printer. These devices provide a simple, intuitive interface for voters. Unlike the direct-recording electronic voting machines previously used, ballot marking tablets do not store voters’ selections electronically.

ballot marking tablet

After marking their ballots, voters print their ballots from a printer in their voting booth. The printed ballot lists the voters’ selections and includes a secure bar code. Voters then deposit their ballot in a Ballot Box.

Video – How to Vote using a Ballot Marking Tablet

Vote Centers

Español Video – Cómo Votar en una Tableta de Marcar Boletas

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If voters choose to complete their ballot by hand, the appropriate ballot for each voter is printed. Once the voter completes marking the ballot, the voter deposits the ballot in the Ballot Box.

Ballot Boxes are returned to the San Mateo County Registration & Elections Division, where central high-speed scanners count the paper ballots and tabulate votes. As ballots are reviewed during the canvass, the system creates a complete audit trail documenting how each mark on each ballot was interpreted and tallied.