Voter Registration Deadline for the November 2, 2021 Special Election

New Site Press Release

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

(Redwood City, CA) The deadline to register is October 18, 2021, for the November 2, 2021 Special Election for the Town of Woodside and the Menlo Park City School District. Voter registration forms sent by mail must be postmarked on or before October 18, 2021.

Register online at registertovote.ca.gov. Online registration must be completed by 11:59 p.m. on October 18 in order to receive a ballot in the mail for the November 2, 2021 Special Election.

Voter registration application forms are available at the following locations:

  • Registration & Elections Division (40 Tower Road, San Mateo)
  • Assessor-County Clerk-Recorder’s Office (555 County Center, Redwood City)
  • City and Town Halls
  • Department of Motor Vehicles Offices
  • Post Offices
  • Public Libraries

To be eligible to register to vote, a person must be:

  • A U.S. citizen and a resident of California
  • At least 18 years old by Election Day
  • Not in prison
  • Not deemed by a court to be mentally incompetent to register to vote

If you are 16 or 17 years old, you can pre-register to vote. Persons who are pre-registered will automatically become a registered voter on their 18th birthday. If your 18th birthday falls on or before November 2, and you pre-registered by October 18, you will receive a ballot in the mail. If you are not pre-registered by October 18, and your eighteenth birthday falls on or before November 2, you can still register to vote through the Conditional Voter Registration process and receive a ballot in person.

All voters can confirm their current registration status online at www.smcvote.org by clicking on the “My Election Info” button.

Conditional Voter Registration (CVR)
Voters who miss the October 18, 2021 voter registration deadline may “conditionally” register to vote and receive their ballot immediately at any County Vote Center. When a conditional ballot is cast, the Registration & Elections Division processes the registration, determines the individual’s eligibility to register, and validates the individual’s information. If the voter was indeed eligible to vote in San Mateo County, the registration becomes permanent, and the conditional ballot will be counted.

To speed up the process, before going to a Vote Center, residents may also register online at registertovote.ca.gov, and they should inform the Vote Center staff of their online registration in place of filling out a paper application upon arrival.

Voting Rights for Persons on Parole
In 2020, California voters passed a constitutional amendment to restore voting rights to people on parole for felony convictions. Whether or not the person was previously registered to vote, a new voter registration application must be completed.

Special Election Updates
The most comprehensive resource for San Mateo County election information is www.smcvote.org, which is updated frequently as Election Day approaches. For more information on voting services available for the Special Election, please call or text 650.312.5222, visit www.smcvote.org or follow us on Twitter and Instagram @smcvote.

The Registration & Elections Division also offers a multilingual toll-free hotline, 888.SMC.VOTE (888.762.8683), to assist voters in any language.