November 2, 2021 Election Calendar
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November 2, 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, August 6, 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
88 Friday, August 6, 2021 Last day for a local entity to deliver a resolution requesting election services from the San Mateo County Board of Supervisors for the November 2, 2021 Election.
EC §§1405(b), 10002, 12001
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Friday, August 6, 2021

Monday, August 16, 2021
The 10-calendar-day public examination period begins August 6, 2021 at 5 p.m. and ends August 16, 2021 at 5 p.m. for all documents filed as of the filing deadline of August 6, 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.
EC §§9190, 9295, 9380, 9509
84 Tuesday, August 10, 2021 Primary Arguments in favor of and against the Town of Woodside Initiative Measure are due by 5 p.m. this date. Such arguments, if already submitted, may be changed until and including this day.
EC §§9281-83, 9286; Town of Woodside Resolution No. 2021-7439
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Tuesday, August 10, 2021

Friday, August 20, 2021
The 10-calendar-day public review period begins August 10, 2021 at 5 p.m. and ends August 20, 2021 at 5 p.m. for Primary Arguments filed in favor of and against the Town of Woodside Initiative Measure. Between these dates, the Elections Official or any registered voter eligible to vote on the contest in question 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 §9295
83 Wednesday, August 11, 2021 Last day for an order of election calling for a ballot measure to be amended or withdrawn.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, August 12, 2021 The Elections Official will designate measure letters at 11 a.m. on this date.
EC §13116
81 Friday, August 13, 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
81 Friday, August 13, 2021 Primary Arguments in favor of and against the Menlo Park City School District measure 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, 9281-83, 9286, 9315-16, 9501-03
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Friday, August 13, 2021

Monday, August 23, 2021
The 10-calendar-day public examination period begins August 13, 2021 at 5 p.m. and ends August 23, 2021 at 5 p.m. for Primary Arguments filed in favor of and against the Menlo Park City School District measure. 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
78 Monday, August 16, 2021 The 10-calendar-day public examination period ends at 5 p.m. on this date for all documents filed by August 6, 2021. A writ of mandate or injunction request shall be filed no later than this date on documents filed by August 6, 2021.
EC §§9190, 9295, 9380, 9509
74 Friday, August 20, 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 the Town of Woodside Initiative Measure. A writ of mandate or injunction request shall be filed no later than this date on documents filed by the deadline of August 10, 2021.
EC §9295
74 Friday, August 20, 2021 Rebuttal Arguments for the Town of Woodside Initiative Measure where a Primary Argument was filed both in favor of and against are due on this date by 5 p.m. Such arguments may be changed until and including this date.
EC §9285, Town of Woodside Resolution No. 2021-7439
74 Friday, August 20, 2021 Impartial Analysis for the Town of Woodside Initiative Measure is due by 5 p.m. on this date.
EC §9280
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Friday, August 20, 2021

Monday, August 30, 2021
The 10-calendar-day public examination period begins August 20, 2021 at 5 p.m. and ends August 30, 2021 at 5 p.m. for Rebuttal Arguments filed in favor of and/or against the Town of Woodside Initiative Measure and Impartial Analysis. Between these dates, the Elections Official or any registered voter eligible to vote on the contest in question 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 §9295
71 Monday, August 23, 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 the Menlo Park City School District measure. A writ of mandate or injunction request shall be filed no later than this date on documents filed by the deadline of August 13, 2021.
EC §§9190, 9295, 9380, 9509
71 Monday, August 23, 2021 Rebuttal Arguments for the Menlo Park City School District measure 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, August 23, 2021 Impartial Analysis for the Menlo Park City School District measure is due by 5 p.m. on this date.
EC §§9160, 9280, 9313-14, 9500
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Monday, August 23, 2021

Thursday, September 2, 2021
The 10-calendar-day public examination period begins August 23, 2021 at 5 p.m. and ends September 2, 2021 at 5 p.m. for Rebuttal Arguments filed in favor and/or against the Menlo Park City School District measure and Impartial Analysis. 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
64 Monday, August 30, 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 the Town of Woodside Initiative Measure and Impartial Analysis. A writ of mandate or injunction request shall be filed no later than this date on documents filed by the deadline of August 20, 2021.
EC §9295
61 Thursday, September 2, 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 the Menlo Park City School District measure and Impartial Analysis. A writ of mandate or injunction request shall be filed no later than this date on documents filed by the deadline of August 23, 2021.
EC §§9190, 9295, 9380, 9509
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Friday, September 3, 2021

Saturday, September 18, 2021
Between these dates, the County Elections Official must send ballots and balloting materials to all Military and Overseas Voters who filed ballot applications by September 18, 2021.
EC §§300(b), 3105, 3114
45 Saturday, September 18, 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, September 23, 2021 First pre-election campaign committee statement for candidates and committees is due for the period ending September 18, 2021 (which is 45 days before the election).
GC §§84200.5, 84200.8(a)
29 Monday, October 4, 2021 Processing of Vote by Mail ballots may begin on this date. 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 §§1605(a), 15101
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Monday, October 4, 2021

Tuesday, October 26, 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 October 26, 2021 to ensure the ballots arrive on or before Election Day.
EC §§3001, 13303
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Tuesday, October 5, 2021

Tuesday, November 2, 2021
Between these dates, at least one ballot dropoff location is provided for every 15,000 registered voters. At least one ballot dropoff location shall be located within the jurisdiction where the special election is held. All ballot dropoff locations shall be open at least during regular business hours. For a jurisdiction with fewer than 15,000 registered voters, at least one ballot dropoff location shall be provided.
EC §4005(b)(4)
15 Monday, October 18, 2021 Voter registration closes on this date for the November 2, 2021 Special 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, October 19, 2021

Tuesday, November 2, 2021
Between these dates, individuals who become new United States citizens on or after October 19, 2021, are eligible to register and vote at any Vote Center. 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, 3500-02
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Tuesday, October 19, 2021

Tuesday, November 2, 2021
Between these dates, the Elections Official shall provide Conditional Voter Registration and provisional voting for voters who missed the October 18, 2021 registration deadline at any Vote Center.
EC §2170
12 Thursday, October 21, 2021 Second pre-election campaign committee statement for candidates and committees is due for the period ending October 16, 2021 (which is 17 days before the election).
GC §§84200.5, 84200.8(b)
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Saturday, October 23, 2021

Tuesday, November 2, 2021
Between these dates, for a minimum of eight hours per day, at least one Vote Center is provided for every 60,000 registered voters. For a jurisdiction with fewer than 30,000 registered voters, the county elections official makes a reasonable effort to establish a Vote Center. Any voter registered in the county may visit any Vote Center in order to receive voter services or vote.
EC §4005(b)(3)
7 Tuesday, October 26, 2021 Last Day for voters to request a replacement Vote by Mail ballot to be mailed to them.
EC §3001
0 Tuesday, November 2, 2021 Election Day. All Vote Centers open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. At least one Vote Center is provided for every 30,000 registered voters. If the jurisdiction is not wholly contained within the county, the county elections official shall make a reasonable effort to establish a Vote Center within the jurisdiction where the special election is held. Semifinal official canvass commences immediately upon the close of the polls at 8 p.m.
EC §§1000(e), 4005(b), 9215(b), 14212, 15150
Days Following Election Date Action Taken
7 Tuesday, November 9, 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 §1605(d)
30 Thursday, December 2, 2021 Last day for the County Elections Official to certify the election results to the jurisdictions participating in the election. Certification may occur sooner depending on 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