Deadline to Request Vote by Mail Ballots through the Mail was Tuesday, May 29, 2018

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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) May 29, 2018 was the final day that registered voters could request a replacement Vote by Mail ballot to be delivered by mail for the June 5, 2018 Statewide Direct Primary Election.  The deadline ensures that there is enough time for postal delivery.

“All County residents who registered to vote by the May 21 State voter registration deadline have been mailed a ballot,” said Mark Church, San Mateo County’s Chief Elections Officer and Assessor-County Clerk-Recorder.  “Voters who have not received their ballot or made a mistake may request a replacement ballot at a Vote Center through Election Day, June 5, 2018.”

To Request a Vote by Mail Ballot After May 29, 2018
All requests for a Vote by Mail ballot after May 29, 2018 must be made in person at one of the County’s Vote Centers.  For locations or assistance, contact the Registration & Elections Division.

Vote Center Hours of Operation:

  • Tuesday, May 29 through Monday, June 4 (daily)
    9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Tuesday, June 5 (Election Day)
    7 a.m. to 8 p.m.

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 or City/Town Hall in the County during business hours.  There are also Ballot Drop-off Boxes inside the Burlingame, East Palo Alto and Half Moon Bay Libraries available during their regular business hours.

24-Hour Drive-Up Ballot Drop-off Boxes
There are four drive-up 24-hour Official Ballot Drop-off Boxes for your convenience. They are located at:

The Drop-off Boxes and Vote Centers will close at 8 p.m. on Election Day.

Voted Mail Ballot Deadline
To be counted, voted mail ballots must be postmarked on or before Election Day, June 5, 2018 and physically received no later than Friday, June 8, 2018.

New Election Model for June 5, 2018
The June 5, 2018 Statewide Direct Primary Election is the first election conducted under the California Voter’s Choice Act (VCA). The VCA implements an All-Mailed Ballot/Vote Center election model, with every registered voter receiving a Vote by Mail Ballot through the mail. The voted ballot may be returned by mail, dropped off at any Vote Center or Ballot Drop-off Box located throughout the county. Return postage is pre-paid. 

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

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