10-Day Public Review Periods for the November 3, 2020 Presidential General Election

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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 3, 2020 Presidential General Election will open at 5 p.m. on August 7, 2020. 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 in relation to the November 3, 2020 Presidential General 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 7 – August 17
For candidate statements and ballot measures filed by the filing deadline of August 7 at 5 p.m., the public review period ends on August 17 at 5 p.m. 

August 12 – August 22
For candidate statements from candidates who filed during the extended candidate filing period closing on August 12 at 5 p.m., the 10-day review period ends on August 22 at 5 p.m. 

August 14 – August 24
Primary arguments for and against ballot measures. 

August 24 – September 3
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 the materials to be amended or deleted. The request for a 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 your City Clerk’s Office for more information. 

For more information on the November 3, 2020 Presidential General Election, please call 650.312.5222, visit www.smcacre.org or follow us on Twitter and Instagram @smcvote.