Filing Period for Local Write-In Candidates Closes Tuesday, May 24 for the Presidential Primary Election

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Contact: Mark Church, Chief Elections Officer & Assessor-County Clerk-Recorder

Alternate: David Tom, Elections Division Manager

(Redwood City, CA) The filing period for write-in candidates for local elective office appearing on the ballot for the June 7, 2016 Presidential Primary Election began on April 11, 2016 and ends at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, May 24, 2016.

“I encourage all interested individuals to start the filing process as soon as possible in order to allow enough time to complete all requirements,” said Mark Church, Chief Elections Officer & Assessor-County Clerk-Recorder. Those who seek a write-in candidacy must file their nomination documents at the Registration and Elections Division at 40 Tower Road in San Mateo.

Potential write-in candidates must file a Statement of Write-In Candidacy providing the candidate’s name, residential address, the candidate’s declaration of candidacy for a specifically named office and specific election date, and a Statement of Economic Interests (Form 700). No filing fee or charge shall be required.

No information concerning qualified write-in candidates, including their names, will be printed on voting materials provided to voters such as Official Ballot, Sample Ballot and Official Voter Information Pamphlet. A list of qualified write-in candidates will be available on our website, at Voting Centers and at the Polling Places on Election Day. Only votes for qualified candidates will be tallied, including any names written by voters in the write-in space on the ballot.

To ensure adequate time for instruction and document processing, candidates are advised to schedule an appointment for the filing. Those interested should contact Michael Lui, Candidate Filing Officer, at 650.312.5238 or to schedule an appointment.

June 7, 2016 Election will have Traditional Voting Opportunities

Unlike the November 2015 All-Mailed Ballot Election, the June 2016 Presidential Primary Election is a traditional election with neighborhood polling places for most county residents. Voters will be assigned a particular polling place that will be indicated on the back cover of the Sample Ballot and Official Voter Information Pamphlet and listed on our website under Access My Election Materials. Voters who live in precincts with less than 250 voters will be sent a Vote by Mail ballot.

For more information on the June 7, 2016 Presidential Primary Election, please call 650.312.5222, visit or follow us on Twitter @smcvote.

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