Mailing of Sample Ballot and Official Voter Information Pamphlets for the November 3, 2015 Consolidated Municipal, School and Special District All-Mailed Ballot Election Begins September 24

Archive Press Release

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

Alternate: David Tom, Elections Division Manager

(Redwood City, CA) On September 24, San Mateo County will begin mailing the Sample Ballot and Voter Information Pamphlet to registered voters for the November 3, 2015 Consolidated Municipal, School and Special District All-Mailed Ballot Election.  

Voters participating in the Go Green! Program will receive an email notifying them that their Sample Ballot and Official Voter Information Pamphlet is available online by visiting www.shapethefuture.org and clicking on “Check My Registration/Access My Election Materials/View My Voter Information Pamphlet” to download their pamphlet in digital format.

The Sample Ballot Pamphlet is an important resource for voters to help prepare them for the All-Mailed Ballot Election.  The Sample Ballot Pamphlet includes:

  • Information about candidates and measures on the ballot
  • Voting Options (Vote-by Mail, Drop-off locations, Universal Polling Places, and Voting Centers)
  • Information about the Go Green! Program
  • “This election will be different from the traditional polling place elections we have had in the past,” said Chief Elections Officer & Assessor-County Clerk-Recorder Mark Church. “This is an All-Mailed Ballot Election, which means every voter will get a ballot in the mail, even if the voter has not signed up to vote by mail previously,” he added.

Starting on October 5, Official Vote by Mail Ballots with postage paid return envelopes will be mailed to all registered voters.  Returned ballots postmarked on or before Election Day will be accepted and counted provided ballots are received up to three days after Election Day.  Also, voters may drop off their voted ballot at any one of 20 City/Town Halls, 32 Universal Polling Places, or 2 Voting Centers in the county.  Lastly, on Election Day, voters may vote on a voting machine at any of the Voting Centers or Universal Polling Places in the county.  Voters will find a comprehensive list of these locations and their hours of operation in the Official Voter Information Pamphlet.

The Federal Voting Rights Act ensures that all voters have language accessible election information. Voters who favor Chinese or Spanish language election materials may request them at the time they register to vote or at any time thereafter.

Visually impaired voters may request a copy of the county’s Sample Ballot and Official Voter Information Pamphlet on audiotape by calling the Registration & Elections Division at 650.312.5222.

For more information about this November’s All-Mailed Ballot Election, visit the Registration & Elections Division website, www.shapethefuture.org or call 650.312.5222.


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