Military and Overseas Voting Period Begins for the November Consolidated Municipal, School and Special District Election

Archive Press Release

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 voting period for registered military and overseas voters begins September 8 and will continue through Election Day for the November 7, 2017 Consolidated Municipal, School and Special District Election.

Eligibility Criteria

San Mateo County voters who are eligible include:

  • Members of the Uniformed Services or Merchant Marine on active duty;
  • A spouse or dependent of a member of the Uniformed Services or Merchant Marine on active duty;
  • Members of the U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps or the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration; and
  • U.S. citizens living abroad

San Mateo County voters may register and apply for a ballot by completing a Federal Post Card Application form (“FPCA”).

Ballot Application Procedure

The FPCA form is available at any US Embassy or at the Federal Voting Assistance Program website, www.fvap.gov. You may also go to the California Secretary of State’s website www.registertovote.ca.gov to register as a military or overseas voter.

When you register, you may choose to receive your ballot by:

  • Email/online;
  • Fax; or
  • Postal mail.

Pursuant to the Uniformed and Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting Act, San Mateo County will send your ballot between 60 and 45 days prior to Election Day. While the period to request a ballot be mailed to you ends on October 31, registered military and overseas voters may submit an application to receive the ballot via email or fax up to and including Election Day, November 7.

“We respond promptly to all requests from military and overseas voters due to the natural challenges posed by overseas communication,” said Mark Church, Chief Elections Officer & Assessor-County Clerk-Recorder. “Our goal every election is to ensure every eligible voter has the opportunity to participate in the election.”

The deadline to register to vote in this election is October 23, 2017. However, as a result of changes in California Elections law, voters will be able to register and vote provisionally beyond October 23, 2017 up to and including Election Day. For more information on the November 7, 2017 Consolidated Municipal, School and Special District Election, please call 650.312.5222, visit www.shapethefuture.org or follow @smcvote on Twitter.


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