Guide To The Calling Of Elections

Important Elections Code Sections to Know:
Established Election Dates (Elec. Code §1000)

The established election dates in each year are as follows:


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 your polling place, candidate profiles, ballot measures and more.


Voting Accessibility Advisory Committee

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 holds quarterly meetings scheduled throughout 2017.


Polling Place Rental Opportunities

You can play a bigger role in your community by renting out your home garage, clubhouse, hall, or any other facility suitable as a polling place on Election Day.

Your space will help bring the polls closer to the citizens in your community, giving them a nearby, accessible location to cast their ballot.

If you are offering your garage, please know that it must hold three or more cars in order to accommodate the voting equipment, Precinct Board and the voters.


Current and Past Elections

Election Observer Handbook

A Journey Through Elections

We try our best to describe how elections work, but sometimes words just aren’t enough. On this page, we’re going to try something a little different. To give you a behind-the-scenes look at the process, we’ve photographed every step. From preparing for the election to Election Day and beyond, you’ll see what we do and how we do it. Follow our progress step-by-step in the sections below. Sit back, relax and enjoy your journey through the world of elections!