Elections

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Elections
Message from Mark Church, Chief Elections Officer & Assessor-County Clerk-Recorder

Mark Church Welcome to the San Mateo County Elections website.

I am honored and privileged to serve as your Chief Elections Officer & Assessor-County Clerk-Recorder. As your Registrar of Voters, I am committed to ensuring that our office continues its tradition of excellence and operates at a maximum level of efficiency and productivity.

Please use this website for easy access to the information and services that our office provides to the citizens of San Mateo County. I hope you find it a useful resource for election information.

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National Voter Registration Day
September 28, 2021

Dear Voters,

Please join me in celebrating National Voter Registration Day on September 28, 2021.

National Voter Registration Day is a nonpartisan civic holiday that was established to encourage every citizen to exercise their constitutional right to vote. Volunteers and organizations mobilize on this day to educate American citizens on the importance of registering to vote and voting.

Registering to vote and voting in San Mateo County is easy, convenient, and safe.

You may register at any time online or by mailing a completed Voter Registration Form to the San Mateo County Registration & Elections Division. Forms are also available in person at public libraries, city and county offices, California Department of Motor Vehicles offices, and U.S. Post Offices. Sixteen and seventeen-year-old residents are also eligible to pre-register to vote.

For more information on registering to vote, please visit our website at www.smcacre.org/register-vote or call our office at 650.312.5222.

Registering to vote and actively participating in the electoral process is the foundation of our democracy. The right to vote is your fundamental constitutional right and civic responsibility.

Your vote will ultimately determine the future of your communities, California, and the nation. I fully encourage you to register to vote today and actively participate in the electoral process!

Sincerely,

Mark Church


The San Mateo County Board of Supervisors issued a Proclamation designating September 28, 2021 as National Voter Registration Day. You may view the Board Proclamation below.

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Proclamation Watch the presentation of the Proclamation designating September 28, 2021 as National Voter Registration Day.
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September 14, 2021 Election Results
California Gubernatorial Recall Election

Election Night Results Release Schedule:
8:10 p.m. Results include Vote by Mail ballots received in the mail, at a Vote Center or in a Drop Box on or before Saturday, September 11.
9:00 p.m. Results from Vote Center ballots will be reported every half-hour until all Vote Center ballots have been reported.
The post-election day results releases will be at 4:30 p.m. on the following dates:
Thursday, September 16 Monday, September 20
Wednesday, September 22 Friday, September 24
Tuesday, September 28 Thursday, September 30
Monday, October 4 Wednesday, October 6
Friday, October 8  

Results will be certified October 14.

Overview of Results Reporting

Election results may take up to 30 days to finalize. Click here to find out why.

Statewide Election Results

Semi-Official Results – September 24, 2021 Report

Estimated number of ballots left to process as of September 24, 2021: 2,600

Results include:

  • Most Vote by Mail ballots
  • All Vote Center ballots
  • All Conditional Voter Registration or provisional ballots

Results Portal

Results Portal – This page offers a variety of ways to view and tailor election results with the following exciting features: ​

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September 14, 2021
California Gubernatorial Recall Election

For additional information on the California Gubernatorial Recall Election regarding candidates, please click here.

Election Information

Estimated number of ballots left to process as of September 24, 2021: 2,600

Get Election Results

Certified List of Write-In Candidates

Election Calendar
Voter Education and Outreach Toolkit
Ballot Signature Verification Statements and Instructions

Vote by Mail ballots were mailed to every active registered voter in San Mateo County starting August 12. Ballots can be returned in the mail or at any Drop Box or Vote Center in San Mateo County.

You can sign up for “Where’s My Ballot?” to receive automated alerts via text message, email or phone call on the status of your Vote by Mail ballot. If you do not subscribe to “Where’s My Ballot?“, you can still check the status of your ballot at “My Election Info”.

On your ballot you will find: 

  • A question asking whether Governor Gavin Newsom should be recalled (removed) from office. You may vote on the recall question regardless of how you vote, or if you vote, for a replacement candidate.
  • A contest to choose a replacement candidate for Governor in the event Governor Gavin Newsom is recalled. You may vote for a replacement candidate regardless of how you vote, or if you vote, on the recall question

FAQs regarding the California Gubernatorial Recall Election.

Midday Ballot Pickup Schedule