November Election Filing Period Opens for Write-in Candidates

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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 period to file as a write-in candidate in the November 5, 2019 Consolidated Municipal Election begins Monday, September 9, 2019.  Eligible persons seeking to run as a write-in candidate must file a Statement of Write-in Candidacy and other documentation by 5 p.m. on Tuesday, October 22, 2019.

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 the 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 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 23.

All-Mailed Ballot – Vote Center Election Model for November 5, 2019
The November 5, 2019 Consolidated Municipal, School and Special District Election will be the third election San Mateo County conducts under the California Voter’s Choice Act model.  Traditional polling places have been replaced by Vote Centers, which will be open for voting for a greater period, and which will offer expanded voter services including voter registration, multilingual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, in a jurisdiction holding an election, will receive a Vote by Mail Ballot, which can be returned with no postage required in any mailbox or ballot drop box located throughout the county.

For more information on the November 5, 2019 Consolidated Municipal, School and Special District Election, please call 650.312.5222, visit or follow us on Twitter and Instagram @smcvote.