Go Green!

What does it mean to “Go Green”?

Go Green only applies to obtaining your Sample Ballot & Official Voter Information Pamphlet (SBVIP) online.

Your Official Ballot will be mailed to your registered address.
To vote –  You can:

  1. complete your official ballot and return by mail OR
  2. complete your official ballot and drop it at a Ballot Drop Box location OR
  3. vote at a Vote Center.



District Elections
Why don’t I see my jurisdiction on the ballot?

Some city, school, and special district jurisdictions have moved from holding at-large elections to district elections. Under an at-large system, all of a jurisdiction’s elected officials represent, and are elected by, all of its citizens. Under a district system, jurisdictions are divided into portions called districts. Each district is represented by an elected official selected only by the citizens of that district.


Regularly Scheduled Elections

Senate Bill No. 415 (SB 415)

Senate Bill No. 415 (SB 415), also known as the California Voter Participation Rights Act, mandates jurisdictions with odd-year elections to move to even-year elections by November 2022 if voter turnout falls below a threshold established by law. The new law aims to increase voter participation and lower costs in local elections since even-numbered year elections have higher voter turnout. Below is a list of all jurisdictions with regularly scheduled even-year elections.

Special District Elections

November – Even Years

  • Bayshore Sanitary District
  • Broadmoor Police Protection District
  • Coastside County Water District
  • Coastside Fire Protection District
  • Colma Fire Protection District
  • East Palo Alto Sanitary District (Starting 2020)
  • Granada Community Services District
  • Highlands Recreation District (Starting 2020)
  • Ladera Recreation District
  • Menlo Park Fire Protection District
  • Mid-Peninsula Water District (Formerly Belmont County Water District)
  • Midcoast Community Council
  • Midpeninsula Regional Open Space, Wards 5, 6, 7
  • Montara Water & Sanitary District
  • North Coast County Water District
  • Peninsula Health Care District
  • Pescadero Municipal Advisory Council
  • San Mateo County Harbor District
  • Sequoia Healthcare District
  • West Bay Sanitary District
  • Westborough Water District
  • Woodside Fire Protection District (Starting 2020)

Non-scheduled elections

  • County Service Area #1
  • San Mateo County Mosquito and Vector Control District

School District Elections

November – Even Years

  • Bayshore Elementary School District
  • Belmont-Redwood Shores School District
  • Brisbane Elementary District
  • Burlingame School District (Starting 2020)
  • Cabrillo Unified School District
  • County Board of Education
  • Hillsborough City School District
  • Jefferson Elementary School District
  • Jefferson Union High School District
  • La Honda-Pescadero Unified School District
  • Las Lomitas Elementary School District
  • Millbrae School District
  • Menlo Park City School District
  • Pacifica School District
  • Portola Valley School District (Starting 2020)
  • Ravenswood City School District
  • Redwood City School District
  • San Bruno Park School District
  • San Carlos School District (Starting 2022)
  • San Mateo-Foster City School District (Starting 2020)
  • San Mateo County Community College District
  • San Mateo Union High School District
  • Sequoia Union High School District
  • South San Francisco Unified District
  • Woodside Elementary School District

Municipal Elections

November – Even Years

  • Atherton
  • Belmont
  • Brisbane (Starting 2020)
  • Burlingame (Starting 2022)
  • Colma
  • Daly City
  • East Palo Alto
  • Foster City
  • Half Moon Bay
  • Hillsborough
  • Menlo Park
  • Millbrae
  • Pacifica
  • Portola Valley
  • Redwood City
  • San Bruno
  • San Carlos
  • San Mateo
  • South San Francisco
  • Woodside

County Offices – Even Years

  • Assessor-County Clerk-Recorder
  • Board of Supervisors (various Districts)
  • Controller
  • Coroner
  • County Superintendent of Schools
  • District Attorney
  • Sheriff
  • Superior Court Judges (various offices)
  • Treasurer-Tax Collector

Federal/State Office – Even Years

Gubernatorial Primary/General

Federal Offices:

  • U.S. Senator
  • U.S. Representative in Congress, 14th District
  • U.S. Representative in Congress, 18th District

State Offices:

  • Governor
  • Lieutenant Governor
  • Secretary of State
  • State Controller
  • State Treasurer
  • Attorney General
  • Insurance Commissioner
  • State Board of Equalization, District 2
  • State Superintendent of Public Instruction (Primary only)
  • State Legislative Offices:
  • State Assembly, 19th District
  • State Assembly, 22nd District
  • State Assembly, 24th District

Presidential Primary/General

Federal Offices:

  • Presidential Preference (Presidential Primary)
  • President/Vice President (General)
  • U.S. Senator
  • U.S. Representative in Congress, 14th District 
  • U.S. Representative in Congress, 18th District

State Legislative Offices:

  • State Senator, 11th District
  • State Senator, 13th District
  • State Assembly, 19th District
  • State Assembly, 22nd District
  • State Assembly, 24th District

Voter’s Edge

Produced by the League of Women Voters of California, the Voter’s Edge website provides information about candidates and ballot measures to help voters make informed decisions. Enter your address to find candidate profiles, ballot measures and more.


Voting Accessibility Advisory Committee (VAAC)

On August 22, 2014, the California Secretary of State published California Secretary of State’s Guide to Creating a Local Voting Accessibility Advisory Committee (VAAC) providing guidance to counties on the formation of local VAAC committees. In cooperation with the San Mateo County Commission on Disabilities, the Registration & Elections Division founded the San Mateo County VAAC in 2015.

The San Mateo County VAAC members represent agencies and organizations within San Mateo County. The VAAC is required to hold quarterly meetings; it often chooses to meet more often to meet its responsibilities.


Voter Education and Outreach Advisory Committee (VEOAC)

The San Mateo County Chief Elections Officer established the Voter Education and Outreach Advisory Committee (VEOAC) to advise and assist the Chief Elections Officer on matters relating to education and outreach in 2018. The VEOAC is not a membership committee, but regularly has 20 meeting attendees.


The mission of the San Mateo County VEOAC is to advise and assist the Chief Elections Officer on the matters relating to voter education and outreach and to enhance outreach opportunities and compliance with all federal, state and local laws.