Contact: Mark Church, Chief Elections Officer & Assessor-County Clerk-Recorder
Alternate: Jim Irizarry, Assistant Chief Elections Officer & Assistant Assessor-County Clerk-Recorder
(Redwood City, CA) The period to file as a write-in candidate for the November 8, 2022 Statewide General Election is open. Eligible persons seeking to run as a write-in candidate must file a Statement of Write-In Candidacy and other documentation by 5 p.m. on Tuesday, October 25, 2022.
Write-in candidacy documents for the county, school and special districts are filed at the San Mateo County Registration & Elections Division, located at 40 Tower Road, San Mateo, CA 94402. City write-in candidates must file their paperwork with their City Clerk’s office.
County, school, and special district candidates may begin the filing process by emailing a completed “Candidate Registration Form” to CandidateServices@smcacre.org. On the form, candidates must indicate whether they would like to file electronically or in person (appointments are recommended). Upon receiving this form, our office will call the write-in candidate to schedule an electronic or in-person filing appointment to complete the filing process. Please send an email to CandidateServices@smcacre.org for write-in candidate questions and to schedule an appointment to review the write-in candidate process and requirements.
Potential write-in candidates must file a Statement of Write-In Candidacy, providing the candidate’s name and residential address, a declaration of candidacy for a specifically named office, the specific election date, and a Statement of Economic Interests (Form 700). No filing fee is required.
Information concerning qualified write-in candidates, including their names, will not be printed on voting materials provided to voters, such as the Official Ballot or the Sample Ballot & Official Voter Information Pamphlet. However, the Roster of Candidates, which includes qualified write-in candidates, is updated every day, and can be viewed online at www.smcacre.org. Additionally, a list of qualified write-in candidates will be available at Vote Centers beginning Friday, October 28.
Voting Period Begins October 10 and Ends on November 8
San Mateo County’s registered voters will receive a ballot in the mail in October. Official Ballot Drop Boxes will open on October 10. Early in-person voting period starts October 11, with Vote Centers opening in San Mateo, Redwood City and South San Francisco. 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.