Candidates & Campaigns


Candidates and Campaigns

Election Calendar

Every aspect of running for office or running a campaign has code-defined time frames. The Election Calendar is a guide that is created especially for every election. It includes all the deadlines that candidates, campaigns, reporters and the voting public need to know.

November 5, 2019 Consolidated Municipal, School and Special District Election

March 3, 2020 Presidential Primary Election


How to Get Voter File Information


FPPC Seminars & Workshops
 Important Things to Read About Campaign Fundraising
 Basic Campaign Filing Guidelines
FPPC (Fair Political Practices Commission)
Candidate Guide - November 5, 2019 Consolidated Municipal, School and Special District Election

Voter Registration Drives

If you have any questions about voter registration or wish to launch a voter registration drive during the upcoming election season, please call 650.312.5222. Forms for distribution (at no cost) are available at the Registration & Elections Division.

Voter Registration Affidavit Distribution Form
A Guide to Voter Registration Drives


10 Things You Need to Know to Declare Your Campaign

  1. Make sure you are qualified for the office that you seek. Contact the relevant governing agency to find out the candidate and officeholder requirements. Are there residency requirements? Are you currently registered to vote in the jurisdiction? Ask the San Mateo County Registration & Elections Division to confirm this and, if not, get registered!

Instructions for Filing Arguments and Rebuttals

Instructions for filing arguments for or against local ballot measures

Primary arguments for or against local ballot measures may be submitted in writing for printing and distribution to the voters, pursuant to provisions of the California Elections Code. Rebuttals by authors of said arguments may be filed in like manner. The Sample Ballot & Official Voter Information Pamphlet will contain, if submitted, the following for each measure: argument in favor; argument against; rebuttal to argument in favor; and rebuttal to argument against.


Campaign Finance Information

The Political Reform Act requires candidates to file campaign statements disclosing contributions received and expenditures made. The statutory requirements of the Political Reform Act are contained in Sections 81000-91015 of the California Government Code and are enforced by the Fair Political Practices Commission (FPPC). Therefore, questions and requests for clarification should be directed to the FPPC.

For more information, contact the Technical Assistance Division of the Fair Political Practices Commission at:


Information on Requesting a Local Recount

Who Can Request a Recount

Any registered voter of the State of California may file a written request for recount of any office or measure on the ballot in San Mateo County. (E.C. § 15620.)

If more than one voter requests a recount of the same office or measure, and at least one request is for a manual recount, the county elections official shall conduct only one manual recount of the ballots subject to recount. (E.C. § 15621.5.)


City Clerks within San Mateo County

Each city may have its own ordinances regarding posting political signs and conducting campaign activities. The San Mateo County Registration & Elections Division strongly recommends that you consult with the City/Town Clerk to determine rules and regulations that you must follow.