Contact: Mark Church, Chief Elections Officer & Assessor-County Clerk-Recorder
Alternate: Jim Irizarry, Asst. Chief Elections Officer & Asst. Assessor-County Clerk-Recorder
(Redwood City, CA) Mark Church, Chief Elections Officer & Assessor-County Clerk-Recorder, announced today that Tuesday, November 1, is the final day that registered voters may request a replacement Vote by Mail ballot be delivered by mail for the November 8, 2022 Statewide General Election. The deadline ensures that there is enough time for postal delivery. After this date, all requests for a replacement Vote by Mail ballot must be made in person at one of San Mateo County’s Vote Centers. As a Voter’s Choice Act (VCA) County, all registered voters in San Mateo County received a ballot in the mail starting October 10, 2022.
To Request a Replacement Vote by Mail Ballot
Registered voters may request a Vote by Mail ballot by using any of the following request options:
- Submit your request online through the request form at smcvote.org – click the Request a Replacement Ballot button.
- An application is available to print from the Request a Replacement Ballot button. Fill out and sign the Replacement Vote by Mail application and return it to us via email (email@example.com), fax (650.312.5348) or mail (40 Tower Road, San Mateo, CA 94402).
- Prepare a written request, with your signature, stating your full name, residence address, mailing address (if different from your residence address), date of birth, and the date of the election for which the Vote by Mail ballot is requested (November 8, 2022). Send the request via email (firstname.lastname@example.org), fax (650.312.5348) or mail (40 Tower Road, San Mateo, CA 94402).
To Request a Vote by Mail Ballot After the Deadline
All requests for a Vote by Mail ballot after November 1 must be made in person by the voter, or by their authorized representative (with the voter’s written request), at any of the County’s Vote Centers. Vote Center locations and hours are available at smcvote.org or call or text 650.312.5222 for information.
Ballot Pickup at Vote Centers
For this election, to reduce wait times, voters may request a replacement ballot for pick up before visiting a 29-Day Vote Center. Visit smcvote.org or call or text 650.312.5222 to submit a request and select from one of three locations for pick up. The Ballot Pickup service is available at 40 Tower Road, San Mateo; 555 County Center, Redwood City; and 840 West Orange Avenue, South San Francisco. Once your ballot is ready for pick up, you will receive an email with location-specific instructions. The last day to place a request for a ballot pick up is Sunday, November 6.
Returning Your Voted Ballot
You may mail-in your voted ballot to the Registration & Elections Division, or you may deliver it in person to any Vote Center. Official Ballot Drop Boxes are also available throughout the County. Several Drop Boxes allow voters to drop off their ballots conveniently from their vehicles. For a full list of Drop Box locations, visit smcvote.org, or call or text 650.312.5222 for information.
Voted Mail Ballot Deadline
To be accepted, voted ballots that are mailed must be postmarked on or before Election Day, November 8, 2022, and received no later than Tuesday, November 15, 2022.
Voting Period Runs October 10 to November 8
For more information on the November 8, 2022 Statewide General Election, please call or text 650.312.5222, visit www.smcacre.org, or follow us on Twitter and Instagram @smcvote.
The Registration & Elections Division offers a toll-free hotline, 888.SMC.VOTE (888.762.8683), to assist voters in English, Spanish, Chinese and Filipino. Voter assistance is available in person or by phone at 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. daily with extended hours, 7 a.m. to 8 p.m., on Election Day.