Military and Overseas Voting Period Begins for the May 7, 2019 La Honda Road Territory Transfer Special Mail Ballot Election
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 voting period for registered military and overseas voters begins March 8 and will continue through Election Day for the May 7, 2019 La Honda Road Territory Transfer Special Mail Ballot Election.
San Mateo County voters who are eligible include:
- Members of the Uniformed Services or Merchant Marine on active duty;
- A spouse or dependent of a member of the Uniformed Services or Merchant Marine on active duty;
- Activated National Guard members on State orders;
- Members of the U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps or the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration; and
- U.S. citizens living abroad.
San Mateo County voters may register and apply for a ballot by completing a Federal Post Card Application form (“FPCA”).
Ballot Application Procedure
The FPCA form is available at any U.S. Embassy or at the Federal Voting Assistance Program website, www.fvap.gov. You may also go to the California Secretary of State’s website www.registertovote.ca.gov to register as a military or overseas voter. When you register, you may choose to receive your ballot by:
- Fax; or
- Postal mail.
Pursuant to the Uniformed and Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting Act, San Mateo County will send your ballot between 60 and 45 days prior to Election Day. While the period to request a ballot to be mailed to you ends on April 30, registered military and overseas voters may submit an application to receive the ballot via email or fax up to and including Election Day, May 7.
“Our goal is to provide every voter the ability to exercise their right to vote,” said Mark Church, Chief Elections Officer & Assessor-County Clerk-Recorder.
In addition, an Accessible Vote by Mail system is available during the early voting period, beginning April 8 through Election Day. Access to the Accessible Vote by Mail system is limited to voters with disabilities, overseas voters, military personnel, and military spouses. To access their ballot, voters click the Accessible Vote by Mail link at www.smcacre.org/MyElectionMaterials/. Voters can also call 650.312.5222 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to request that a link to their ballot be emailed to them, or for assistance in accessing and using the system.
The deadline to register to vote in this election is April 22, 2019. However, as a result of changes in California Elections law, voters will be able to register and vote provisionally beyond April 22, 2019 up to and including Election Day. For more information on the May 7, 2019 La Honda Road Territory Transfer Special Mail Ballot Election, please call 650.312.5222, visit www.smcacre.org or follow us on Twitter and Instagram @smcvote.