May 4, 2021 Election Calendar
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May 4, 2021 Election Calendar

NOTE: The information below is as accurate as possible, but not every requirement or exception is listed. In the event of a conflict, the date set by statute takes precedence over dates listed below. The Registration & Elections Division reserves the right to update this calendar as necessary.

Days Prior to Election Date Action Taken
88 Friday, February 5, 2021 Last day for a school governing board to deliver a resolution (the “specifications of the election order”) to the County Elections Official calling for an election on a measure.
ED §5322
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Friday, February 5, 2021

Tuesday, February 16, 2021
The 10-calendar-day public examination period begins February 5, 2021 at 5 p.m. and ends February 15, 2021 at 5 p.m. for all documents filed as of the filing deadline of February 5, 2021. Between these dates, the Elections Official or any voter of the jurisdiction in which the election is being held, may seek a writ of mandate or injunction requiring any or all of the materials to be amended or deleted if found to be false, misleading or inconsistent with the Elections Code. Documents subject to this review include resolutions, ordinances, declarations and candidate statements. (Note: Deadline falls on a holiday. Date is moved to the next day, February 16, 2021, per EC §15.)
EC §§9190, 9295, 9380, 9509, 13313
85 Monday, February 8, 2021 The County Elections Official will publish a notice regarding County, school district and special district measures, the dates for submitting Primary and Rebuttal Arguments, and the 10-calendar-day public examination period.
EC §§9163, 9502; GC §6061
83 Wednesday, February 10, 2021 Last day for an order of election calling for a ballot measure to be amended or withdrawn. A resolution of the legislative body that issued the order of election must be filed with the Elections Official by this date in order to amend or withdraw a ballot measure.
EC §9605
82 Thursday, February 11, 2021 The Elections Official will designate a measure letter at the Elections Office at 11 a.m. on this date.
EC §13116
81 Friday, February 12, 2021 Primary Arguments in favor of and against local measures are due by 5 p.m. on this date. Such arguments, if already submitted, may be changed until and including this day.
EC §§9162-63, 9282-83, 9286, 9315-16, 9501-03
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Friday, February 12, 2021

Monday, February 22, 2021
The 10-calendar-day public examination period begins February 12, 2021 at 5 p.m. and ends February 22, 2021 at 5 p.m. for Primary Arguments filed in favor of and against local measures. Between these dates, the Elections Official or any voter of the jurisdiction in which the election is being held, may seek a writ of mandate or injunction requiring any or all of the materials to be amended or deleted if found to be false, misleading or inconsistent with the Elections Code.
EC §§9190, 9295, 9380, 9509
77 Tuesday, February 16, 2021 The 10-calendar-day public examination period ends at 5 p.m. on this date for all documents filed by February 5, 2021. A writ of mandate or injunction request shall be filed no later than this date on documents filed by the candidate filing period deadline of February 5, 2021. (Note: Deadline falls on a holiday. Date is moved to the next day, February 16, 2021, per EC §15.)
EC §§9190, 9295, 9380, 9509, 13313
71 Monday, February 22, 2021 The 10-calendar-day public examination period ends at 5 p.m. on this date for all Primary Arguments filed in favor of and against local measures. A writ of mandate or injunction request shall be filed no later than this date on documents filed by the deadline of February 12, 2021.
EC §§9190, 9295, 9380, 9509
71 Monday, February 22, 2021 Rebuttal Arguments for measures where a Primary Argument was filed both in favor and against are due by 5 p.m. Such arguments may be changed until and including this date.
EC §§9163, 9167, 9285-86, 9316-17, 9504
71 Monday, February 22, 2021 Impartial Analyses for measures are due by 5 p.m on this date.
EC §§9160, 9280, 9313-14, 9500
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Monday, February 22, 2021

Thursday, March 4, 2021
The 10-calendar-day public examination period begins February 22, 2021 at 5 p.m. and ends March 4, 2021 at 5 p.m. for Rebuttal Arguments filed in favor and/or against local measures and Impartial Analyses. Between these dates, the Elections Official or any voter of the jurisdiction in which the election is being held, may seek a writ of mandate or injunction requiring any or all of the materials to be amended or deleted if found to be false, misleading or inconsistent with the Elections Code.
EC §§9190, 9295, 9380, 9509
61 Thursday, March 4, 2021 The 10-Calendar-day public examination period ends at 5 p.m. on this date for all Rebuttal Arguments filed in favor of and/or against local measures and Impartial Analyses. A writ of mandate or injunction request shall be filed no later than this date on documents filed by the deadline of February 22, 2021.
EC §§9190, 9295, 9380, 9509
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Friday, March 5, 2021

Saturday, March 20, 2021
Between these dates, the County Elections Official must send ballots and balloting materials to all Military and Overseas Voters who filed ballot applications.
EC §§300(b), 3105, 3114
45 Saturday, March 20, 2021 County Elections Official must send ballots and balloting material to all Military and Overseas Voters who filed ballot applications by this date.
EC §§300(b), 3105, 3114
40 Thursday, March 25, 2021 First pre-election campaign committee statement for candidates and committees is due for the period ending March 20, 2021 (which is 45 days before the election).
GC §§84200.5, 84200.8(a)
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Saturday, April 3, 2021

Tuesday, April 27, 2021
Between these dates, Vote by Mail ballots and the Voter Information Pamphlets will be mailed to all registered voters eligible to vote in the election. Voters interested in having replacement Vote by Mail ballots be mailed to them should make the request by April 27, 2021 to ensure the ballots arrive on or before Election Day.
EC §§3000.5, 13303
21 Tuesday, April 13, 2021 Processing of Vote by Mail ballots may begin on this date (15 business days before Election Day). Processing Vote by Mail ballots includes opening Vote by Mail ballot return envelopes, removing ballots, duplicating any damaged ballots and preparing the ballots to be machine-read, or machine reading them, including processing write-in votes so that they can be tallied by the machine, but under no circumstances may a vote count be accessed or released until 8 p.m. on Election Day.
EC §15101(b)
15 Monday, April 19, 2021 Voter registration closes on this date for the May 4, 2021 Special Mail Ballot Election. Voters must register by this date to be eligible to vote non-provisionally in this election. Voter registration forms postmarked prior to or on this date are accepted.
EC §§2102
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Tuesday, April 20, 2021

Tuesday, May 4, 2021
Between these dates, individuals who become new United States citizens on or after April 20, 2021, are eligible to register and vote at the Vote Center at 40 Tower Road, San Mateo. A new citizen registering during this time must provide proof of citizenship prior to voting and declare that he or she has established residency in California.
EC §§331, 3500-01
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Tuesday, April 20, 2021

Tuesday, May 4, 2021
Between these dates, the Elections Official shall provide Conditional Voter Registration and provisional voting for voters who missed the April 19, 2021 registration deadline at the Voter Center at 40 Tower Road, San Mateo.
EC §§2170-73
12 Thursday, April 22, 2021 Second pre-election campaign committee statement for candidates and committees is due for the period ending April 17, 2021 (which is 17 days before the election).
GC §§84200.5, 84200.8(b)
7 Tuesday, April 27, 2021 Last Day for voters to request a replacement Vote by Mail ballot to be mailed to them.
EC §3001
0 Tuesday, May 4, 2021 Election Day. The Vote Center at 40 Tower Road, San Mateo opens from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Semifinal official canvass commences immediately upon the close of the polls at 8 p.m.
EC §§1500(a), 4000,15150
Days Following Election Date Action Taken
3 Friday, May 7, 2021 Vote by Mail ballots postmarked on or before Election Day must be received by the County Elections Official by this date in order to be counted.
EC §3020(b)
30 Thursday, June 3, 2021 Last day for the County Elections Official to certify the election results to the jurisdictions participating in the election.
EC §15372

Reference
§ or §§: Section or Sections
EC: California Elections Code
ED: California Education Code
GC: California Government Code

All above California Codes may be referenced online at: leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/codes.xhtml