October 18, 2016

Contact: Mark Church, Chief Elections Officer & Assessor-County Clerk-Recorder

Alternate: David Tom, Interim Elections Division Manager

(Redwood City, CA) San Mateo County Chief Elections Officer & Assessor-County Clerk-Recorder, Mark Church, announced that October 24 is the deadline to register to vote in the November 8, 2016 Presidential General Election.

“It is essential that every eligible person is registered to vote in the November 8, 2016 Presidential General Election,” Mr. Church advised. “This election is of vital importance to our nation, to our neighborhoods and to our common future. Every ballot matters.”

Registration Deadline Requirements

To satisfy the deadline, the mailed registration card must be postmarked on or before October 24, 2016. Individuals may also register online on October 24 by visiting the San Mateo County official elections website www.shapethefuture.org and clicking on “Register to Vote.” Voters must submit their online registration by midnight on October 24.

Eligibility Requirements

To be eligible to register to vote, a person must be a U.S. citizen and at least 18 years old by Election Day. Additionally, eligible persons must not be in prison or on parole for a felony conviction nor declared mentally incompetent by the court.

Eligible individuals can register to vote by completing a voter registration card available at:

  • Public Libraries
  • City and Town Halls
  • Post Offices
  • Department of Motor Vehicles offices
  • San Mateo County Voting Centers:
  • Registration & Elections Division
  • 40 Tower Road, San Mateo
  • Office of the Assessor-County Clerk-Recorder
  • 555 County Center, 1st Floor, Redwood City
  • South San Francisco Public Library
  • 840 West Orange Avenue, South San Francisco

A full list of locations can be found at www.shapethefuture.org/registertovote/location. 

Changes of Name, Address or Party Affiliation

Voters must re-register whenever they move to a new address, change their name or would like to change political party affiliation. Registered voters who re-register are updating their existing record and not creating a new one.

“Keeping our records current and accurate is critical to ensuring voters receive the correct voting information. The updates guarantee that individual voting rights are secure and that Election Day runs smoothly,” Mr. Church explained. 

Confirming Current Registration Status

There is a link on www.shapethefuture.org that allows eligible and registered voters to confirm their current registration status. On the home page, click on “Check My Registration/Access My Election Materials/View My Voter Information Pamphlet.” Voters may also text the words “san mateo” to “2VOTE” to receive a link to check their voter registration.

The latest county registration statistics, updated weekly, are found at www.shapethefuture.org under “Voter Registration.”

For more information on the November 8, 2016 Presidential General Election, please call 650.312.5222, email registrar@smcare.org visit www.shapethefuture.org or follow @smcvote on Twitter.

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Related Contacts

Mark Church

Assessor-County Clerk-Recorder and Chief Elections Officer
555 County Center
Redwood City, CA 94063-1665Get Directions

Jim Irizarry

Asst. Assessor-County Clerk-Recorder & Asst. Chief Elections Officer
555 County Center
Redwood City, CA 94063-1665Get Directions