Public Welcome to Observe the Opening & Processing of Vote by Mail Ballots for March 28, 2017 San Mateo-Foster City Elementary School District Special Mail Ballot Election
Process Begins Tuesday, March 14

Archive Press Release

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

Alternate: Jim Irizarry, Assistant Chief Elections Officer & Assessor-County Clerk-Recorder

(Redwood City, CA) On Tuesday, March 14, authorized staff of the San Mateo County Registration & Elections Division will open and process returned Vote by Mail ballots for the March 28, 2017 San Mateo-Foster City Elementary School District Special Mail Ballot Election.

“Preparations are currently underway for the opening and processing of returned Vote by Mail ballots beginning next Tuesday,” announced Mark Church, San Mateo County’s Chief Elections Officer & Assessor-County Clerk-Recorder. “Members of the public are invited to observe our Vote by Mail operations at the Registration & Elections Division, located at 40 Tower Road, in San Mateo,” he added

Election officials may open the return envelopes containing voted mail ballots beginning ten (10) business days before Election Day. This process will continue daily through the Official Canvass. 

For each ballot, an election official will carefully compare the voter’s signature on the outside of the return envelope to the signature on the voter’s original registration application or other updated signatures on file.

The ballot is separated from the envelope to preserve secrecy. The envelope is saved for the mandatory retention period and the ballot is digitally scanned. The voting marks captured in the scanning system’s memory will not be tabulated (counted) or reported until the close of voting at 8 p.m. on Election Day.

Those interested in viewing these activities are welcome to visit at any time during office hours. To arrange a visit, contact Elections Supervisor Melinda Dubroff at 650.312.5390 or mdubroff@smcare.org. Observers will receive a copy of our Election Observer Program Guidelines which specify observer rights, responsibilities and limitations, and a copy of the Vote by Mail procedures.

Registered voters may use the Check My Registration/Access my Election Materials/View My Voter Information Pamphlet/Track My Ballot link under the “Voters” section on www.shapethefuture.org to verify when ballot materials were mailed and when the Registration & Elections Division received their voted ballot.

All registered voters in the jurisdiction will be automatically mailed a Vote by Mail ballot in the March 28 San Mateo-Foster City Elementary School District Special Mail Ballot Election. Voted mail ballots can only be accepted if they are postmarked on or before Election Day, March 28, and received by April 3, 2017. Voters may also deliver their voted ballots in person to the Registration & Elections Division’s 24-hour ballot drop box, or to the Voting Center located at 40 Tower Road in San Mateo on March 28. The drop box and Voting Center close at 8 p.m. on Election Day.

For more information on the March 28, 2017 San Mateo-Foster City Elementary School District Special Mail Ballot Election, please call 650.312.5222, visit www.shapethefuture.org or follow @smcvote on Twitter.


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