Contact: Mark Church, Chief Elections Officer & Assessor-County Clerk-Recorder
Alternate: Jim Irizarry, Assistant Chief Elections Officer & Assessor-County Clerk-Recorder
(Redwood City, CA) San Mateo County Chief Elections Officer Mark Church announced that the 10-day public review period for local ballot measures and local candidate filing documents for the November 5, 2019 Consolidated Municipal, School and Special District Election will open at 5 p.m. on August 9, 2019. The public review period gives voters an opportunity to review and challenge the language of candidate filing documents, measures, arguments and impartial analyses before they are published in the Sample Ballot & Official Voter Information Pamphlet.
This review period is the first of four separate public review periods that occur in relation to the November 5, 2019 Consolidated Municipal, School and Special District Election. All review periods will begin at 5 p.m. on their respective opening date. Documents filed with the Registration & Elections Division will be available for review at www.smcacre.org/elections under Current Election.
Public Review Period Schedules
August 9 – August 19
For candidate statements and ballot measures filed by the filing deadline of August 9 at 5 p.m., the public review period ends on August 19 at 5 p.m.
August 14 – August 24
For candidate statements from candidates who filed during the extended candidate filing period closing on August 14 at 5 p.m., the 10-day review period ends on August 24 at 5 p.m.
August 16 – August 26
Primary arguments for and against ballot measures.
August 26 – September 5
Rebuttal arguments for and against primary arguments and impartial analyses for each ballot measure.
During each 10-day public review period, registered voters, in a contest for which they are eligible to vote, may seek a judicial writ of mandate or injunction requiring any or all of the materials to be amended or deleted. The request for writ of mandate or injunction shall be filed no later than the end of the review period.
School and Special District candidate filing documents, measures, arguments and impartial analyses will be available for in-person review Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at:
Registration & Elections Division
Office of the Chief Elections Officer & Assessor-County Clerk-Recorder
County of San Mateo
40 Tower Road
San Mateo, CA 94402
City candidate and measure documents will be available for in-person review at each city’s City Clerk’s Office. Please contact City Clerks’ Offices for more information.
All-Mailed Ballot - Vote Center Election Model for November 5, 2019
The November 5, 2019 Consolidated Municipal, School and Special District Election will be the third election San Mateo County conducts under the California Voter’s Choice Act model. Traditional polling places have been replaced by Vote Centers, which will be open for voting for a greater period, and which will offer expanded voter services including voter registration, multilingual assistance, and disabled access voting options. Every registered voter, in a jurisdiction holding an election, will receive a Vote-by-Mail Ballot, which can be returned with no postage required in any mailbox or special ballot drop boxes located throughout the county.