Deadline to Request Vote by Mail Ballots through the Mail is Tuesday, October 29
Deadline ensures enough time for postal delivery

Archive Press Release

Contact: Mark Church, Chief Elections Officer & Assessor-County Clerk-Recorder

Alternate: David Tom, Elections Division Manager

(Redwood City, CA) Voters who wish to receive their Vote by Mail ballot through the United States Postal Service for the November 5, 2013 Consolidated Municipal, School and Special District Election must ensure that the request is received by the Registration & Elections Division no later than Tuesday, October 29. This legal deadline is to allow for sufficient time for postal delivery to and from the voter.

After October 29, all requests must be made in person at the Registration and Elections Division at 40 Tower Road, San Mateo or at the Assessor-County Clerk-Recorder Office at 555 County Center, First Floor, Redwood City. The hours for the two locations are as follows:

October 7 to November 4 (weekdays) from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Saturday November 2 from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.       

November 5 (Election Day) from 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. 

“Voting by mail is a convenient and reliable method, and we expect more than half of all county voters to do so in this election. This is definitely a popular option here and throughout California,” stated Mark Church, San Mateo County’s Chief Elections Officer and Assessor-County Clerk-Recorder.

A request to vote by mail can be made solely for this election or for all future elections until the voter cancels at any future time.

To make a request to Vote by Mail, registered voters may:

Complete the application form on the back cover of the voter’s Sample Ballot & Official Voter Information Pamphlet. And mail it to the address indicated, or fax it to 650.312.5348, or email it to

Submit the request online by using the request form tool accessed via the “Check my Registration/Access My Election Materials/View My Sample Ballot Pamphlet” link at

Prepare a written request, signed by the voter, that states the voter’s full name, residence address, mailing address (if different from the residence address), date of birth, and name and date of the election for which the Vote by Mail ballot is requested. Fax it to 650.312.5348 or mail it to the  Registration & Elections Division at 40 Tower Road, San Mateo, CA 94402, or email it to

Voters who have not mailed their voted ballots near the date of the Election, should consider dropping it off by 8:00 p.m. on Election Day, at any of the following locations:

  • 40 Tower Road, San Mateo;
  • 555 County Center, Redwood City;
  • Any open polling place in San Mateo County; or
  • Any City Hall in San Mateo County during business hours.

Voters who have questions are encouraged to contact the Registration & Elections Division, either by phone 650.312.5222 or by e-mail ( or online (

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