Public Welcome to Observe Opening & Processing of Vote by Mail Ballots for the May 4, 2021 Portola Valley School District Special Mail Ballot Election

New Site Press Release

Contact: Mark Church, Chief Elections Officer & Assessor-County Clerk-Recorder
Alternate: Jim Irizarry, Assistant Chief Elections Officer & Assessor-County Clerk-Recorder

(Redwood City, CA) Beginning Tuesday, April 13, the San Mateo County Registration & Elections Division’s authorized staff will begin opening and processing returned Vote by Mail ballots for the May 4, 2021 Portola Valley School District Special Mail Ballot Election.

Election officials may open the return envelopes containing voted mail ballots beginning 15 business days before Election Day. Operating hours for opening and processing continue daily thereafter from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., or until all ballots are processed for the day until the Official Canvass is complete.

For each ballot, an election official will compare the voter’s signature on the outside of the envelope to the signature on the voter’s original registration application or other updated signatures on file.

The ballot is separated from the envelope to preserve secrecy. The envelope is saved for the mandatory retention period, and the ballot is digitally scanned. The scanned ballots’ tabulation will not be reported until the close of voting at 8 p.m. on Election Day.

Those interested in observing the process may come to the Registration & Elections Division office at 40 Tower Road, San Mateo, at any time, or make prior arrangements by contacting Elections Supervisor Michael Lui at 650.312.5238 or mlui@smcacre.org. Observers will receive a copy of the Election Observer Program Guidelines, which specifies observer rights, responsibilities, and limitations, and a copy of the Vote by Mail Processing Procedures.

Registered voters may use the “My Election Info” link at www.smcvote.org to verify when ballot materials were mailed and when the Registration & Elections Division received their voted ballot.

The last day for registered voters to request a ballot to be mailed to them for the May 4, 2021 Portola Valley School District Special Mail Ballot Election is Tuesday, April 27, 2021. Voted mail ballots can be returned in one of the following ways:

  • Mail your ballot in the POSTAGE-PAID ENVELOPE. Ballots must be postmarked by Tuesday, May 4, and received by the Registration & Elections Division no later than Friday, May 7, 2021.
  • Drop off your ballot at the Official Ballot Drop Box located 24/7 in the Registrations & Elections Division’s parking lot or at Portola Valley Town Center (outside Town Hall front doors).
  • Or drop off your ballot at the Registration & Elections Division Vote Center weekdays between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. before Election Day and from 7 a.m. to 8.pm. on Election Day.

May 4, 2021 Portola Valley School District Special Mail Ballot Election COVID-19 Prepared
The Vote Center at 40 Tower Road, San Mateo, will follow COVID-19 safety procedures. For more information on the May 4, 2021 Portola Valley School District Special Mail Ballot Election, please call 650.312.5222, visit www.smcacre.org or follow us on Twitter and Instagram @smcvote.