“Roving Voting Service” to Offer In-Person Voting in Remote Areas

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) The San Mateo County Registration & Elections Division will offer two “Roving Voting” services for the June 5, 2018 Statewide Direct Primary Election, to serve lower population areas.  Roving Voting will be available only on Election Day. 

The two locations and hours are:
La Honda-Pescadero Unified School District Office
360 Butano Cutoff, Pescadero, CA
1:30 pm to 3:30 pm

La Honda Fire Brigade Station
8945 La Honda Road, La Honda, CA
4:30 pm to 6:30 pm.

“The Voter’s Choice Act provides specific guidelines on the placement of Vote Centers, with population density and access to public transit as major factors,” said Chief Elections Officer Mark Church. “In an effort to provide additional in-person voting sites for those areas distant from existing Vote Centers, we will be implementing Roving Voting as a pilot project to test the effectiveness of this service,” added Church. 

Two accessible eSlate voting machines will be available at each site.  English, Spanish and Chinese speaking voters can select their preferred language ballot and vote in the privacy, security and convenience of the Roving Voting location.

Voters may also drop off completed ballots at the Roving Voting sites, and a nearby Official Ballot Drop-off Box at Fire Station 59, 1200 Pescadero Creek Road, Pescadero, through 8 p.m. on Election Day.

Vote Center and Ballot Drop-off Locations can be found at www.smcacre.org.

New Election Model for June 5, 2018
The June 5, 2018 Statewide Direct Primary Election is the first election conducted under the California Voter’s Choice Act (VCA). The VCA implements an All-Mailed Ballot/Vote Center model, with every registered voter receiving a Vote-by-Mail Ballot through the mail. The Vote-by-Mail Ballot may be returned by mail, dropped off at any Vote Center or Ballot Drop-off Boxes located throughout the County. Return postage is prepaid.

Vote Centers replace traditional polling places and are open for voting throughout the early voting period. Vote Centers provide expanded voter services such as voter registration, multilingual assistance, and disabled access voting options. 

For more information on the California Voter’s Choice Act and the new All-Mailed Ballot/Vote Center election model, please call 650.312.5222, visit www.smcacre.org or follow us on Twitter @smcvote