Candidate Filing Period Closes Friday, March 9 for the June 5, 2018 Statewide Direct Primary 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) Individuals interested in running for office in San Mateo County in the June 5, 2018 Statewide Direct Primary Election have until the close of business on Friday, March 9, 2018 to file candidacy papers. City candidates should check the hours of their City Clerk’s office; all other candidates have until 5 p.m. to complete their candidate filing with the San Mateo County Registration & Elections Division at 40 Tower Road, San Mateo. The same deadline also applies to local jurisdictions that intend to place a measure on the June ballot.

Candidates are provided a 26-day window in which to file all necessary paperwork under the law. The complete Roster of Candidates is posted online and updated every evening. To view the roster, go to Current Elections at www.smcacre.org.

If an eligible incumbent for an office does not qualify as a candidate by the close of business on March 9, the candidate filing period for that particular office will be extended another five (5) calendar days and will end at the close of business on Wednesday, March 14. The eligible incumbent will not be permitted to file during the extended candidate filing period.

A 10-day public review period begins at the filing period deadline for each contest. During the review period, any registered voter or the Chief Elections Officer may seek a writ of mandate or an injunction if any material is found to be misleading or false.

For additional information about this process or to make an appointment to file for office, please contact the Candidate Filing Officer, Michelle Yue, at 650.312.5293 or myue@smcacre.org.

New Election Model for June 5, 2018

The June 5, 2018 Statewide Direct Primary Election will be the first election conducted under the California Voter’s Choice Act (VCA). The VCA will implement an All-Mailed Ballot/Vote Center model, with every registered voter receiving a Vote-by-Mail Ballot through the mail. The Vote-by-Mail Ballot may be returned by mail, dropped off at any Vote Center or Special Ballot Drop Boxes located throughout the county.  Return postage will be prepaid for those voters wishing to return their ballots through USPS. 

Vote Centers will replace traditional polling places and will be open for voting throughout the early voting period. Vote Centers will be providing expanded voter services such as voter registration, multilingual assistance, and disabled access voting options. 

For more information on candidate filing, the California Voter’s Choice Act and the new All-Mailed Ballot/Vote Center election model, please call 650.312.5222, visit www.smcacre.org or follow us on Twitter @smcvote.