Filing Period for Write-In Candidates Closes Tuesday, October 20, for the November 3 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) The filing period for local elective office write-in candidates to qualify for the November 3, 2020 Presidential General Election will end at 5 p.m. Tuesday, October 20, 2020.

“The filing deadline for write-in candidates is swiftly approaching, and I advise all interested individuals to begin the filing process as soon as possible to allow enough time to complete all requirements,” said Mark Church, Chief Elections Officer & Assessor-County Clerk-Recorder.

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 Candidate Services Supervisor, Michael Lui, at 650.312.5238 or email 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 the specific election date, as well as a Statement of Economic Interests (Form 700). No filing fee or charge 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 Additionally, a list of qualified write-in candidates will be available at Vote Centers beginning October 21.

November 3, 2020 Presidential General Election – COVID-19 Prepared

All Vote Centers comply with San Mateo County Health Department and CDC COVID-19 safety standards. Voters are expected to wear masks and adhere to all social distancing requirements. For more information on the November 3, 2020 Presidential General Election, please call 650.312.5222, visit or follow us on Twitter and Instagram @smcvote.