Contact: Mark Church, Chief Elections Officer & Assessor-County Clerk-Recorder
Alternate: Jim Irizarry, Assistant Chief Elections Officer & Assessor-County Clerk-Recorder
(Redwood City, CA) On September 27, the San Mateo County Registration & Elections Division will begin mailing the Sample Ballot & Official Voter Information Pamphlet to registered voters for the November 6, 2018 Statewide General Election.
“The Sample Ballot and Official Voter Information Pamphlet provides a wealth of information to voters on candidates, measures and voter services for the upcoming November 6, 2018 Statewide General Election,” said Mark Church, Chief Elections Officer and Assessor-County Clerk-Recorder. “The Sample Ballot and Official Voter Information Pamphlet will be provided to all eligible voters in English. Spanish and Chinese election materials are also available upon request.”
Voters may also view their Sample Ballot & Official Voter Information Pamphlet online in either PDF or accessible format, by visiting www.smcvote.org and clicking “My Election Info.”
Visually impaired voters may request a copy of the county’s Sample Ballot & Official Voter Information Pamphlet on audiotape by calling the Registration & Elections Division at 888.762.8683.
Voters may join our Go Green! program to view their pamphlets online only. Voters can sign up by clicking on “Sign Up for Go Green!” on www.smcvote.org. After signing up, they will no longer be mailed a paper copy of the pamphlet and will be notified by email that their pamphlet is now available online.
In addition to the county pamphlet, registered voters will also receive an Official Voter Information Guide from the California Secretary of State.
“I often receive questions from voters about the differences between the county information pamphlet and the state guide,” said Church. “Voters should review both booklets because they cover different races and measures. The county pamphlet is the only one to include a sample of the actual ballot.”
New Election Model for November 6, 2018
The November 6, 2018 Statewide General Election will be the second election conducted under the California Voter’s Choice Act model. Traditional polling places will be replaced by Vote Centers, which will be open for voting for a longer period and offer expanded voter services including voter registration, multilingual assistance, and disabled access voting options. Every registered voter will also 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.