Filing Period for Write-In Candidates Closes Tuesday, October 24 for the General Election

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Contact: Mark Church, Chief Elections Officer & Assessor-County Clerk-Recorder
Alternate: Jim Irizarry, Assistant Chief Elections Officer & Assessor-County Clerk-Recorder

(Redwood City, CA) The filing period for write-in candidates for every elective office appearing on the ballot for the November 7, 2017 Consolidated Municipal, School and Special District Election began on September 11 and will end at 5:00 p.m. Tuesday, October 24, 2017.

To qualify, potential write-in candidates for municipal offices must file their nomination papers with their City or Town Clerks. Candidates who seek a write-in candidacy for a School or Special District must file their nomination documents at the Registration & Elections Division at 40 Tower Road in San Mateo.

“Prospective write-in candidates should to take action quickly, to ensure they have adequate time to complete the process,” said Mark Church, Chief Election Officer & Assessor-County Clerk-Recorder. “School and special district candidates may schedule an appointment at 40 Tower Road for their filing in advance, and I encourage them to do so.”

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 the Official Ballot and 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.

Candidates seeking a write-in candidacy should contact Michelle Yue, Candidate Filing Officer, at 650.312.5293 or email to schedule an appointment. For more information on the November 7, 2017 Consolidated Municipal, School and Special District Election, please call 650.312.5222, visit or follow @smcvote on Twitter.

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