Filing Period for Local Write-In Candidates Closes Tuesday, October 23 for the Statewide 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) The filing period for write-in candidates for local elective office appearing on the ballot for the November 6, 2018 Statewide General Election began on September 10 and ends at 5 p.m. Tuesday, October 23, 2018.

For school and special district offices, documents for write-in candidacy are filed at the San Mateo County Registration & Elections Division, 40 Tower Road, San Mateo, CA 94402.  Candidates are encouraged to contact Filing Officer, Michelle Yue, at 650.312.5293 or email her at to schedule an appointment.  City candidates must file their paperwork with their City Clerk’s office.

Potential write-in candidates must file a Statement of Write-In Candidacy providing the candidate’s name and residential address, and a declaration of candidacy for a specifically named office and specific election date.  No filing fee or charge shall be 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 is updated every day and can be viewed online at  Additionally, a list of qualified write-in candidates will be available at Vote Centers beginning October 24.

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 greater period, and which will 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.

For more information on the November 6, 2018 Statewide General Election, please call or text 650.312.5222, visit or follow @smcvote on Twitter and Instagram.