Vote Centers & Vote in Person


Vote Centers
Vote Early or on Election Day

California law allows voters to cast their ballot during the 29-day period prior to Election Day and on Election Day. You may cast your ballot via mail, or vote in person on paper or using the ballot marking tablet.

Each Vote Center will contain English, Spanish, and Chinese ballots as well as a reference ballot in Burmese, Filipino, Hindi, Japanese, and Korean for certain precincts.

မဲပေးဌာနတိုင်းတွင် အင်္ဂလိပ်၊ စပိန်နှင့် တရုတ်ဘာသာ မဲစာရွက်များနှင့် အချို့သော မဲဆန္ဒနယ်များအတွက် မြန်မာ၊ ဖိလစ်ပိုင်၊ ဟင်ဒီ၊ ဂျပန်နှင့် ကိုရီးယားဘာသာဖြင့် ရည်ညွှန်းမဲစာရွ က်လည်း ပါဝင်ပါသည်။

Bawat Sentro ng Pagboto ay magtataglay ng mga balota sa Ingles, Espanyol at Tsino gayon din ng isang sangguniang balota sa Burmese, Filipino, Hindi, Hapon at Koreano para sa mga partikular na presinto.

प्रत्येक मतदान केंद्र में अंग्रेजी, स्पैनिश और चीनी भाषा में मतपत्र उपलब्ध होंगे और साथ ही कुछ क्षेत्रों में बर्मी, फिलीपीनो, हिंदी, जापानी और कोरियाई भाषा में एक संदर्भ मतपत्र भी उपलब्ध होगा।

には、英語、スペイン語および中国語の投票用紙が備えられ、また一部の投票区には、ビルマ語フィリピン語、ヒ ンディー語、日本語、韓国語およびビルマ語の参照用投票用紙が用意されます。

각 투표 센터는 버마어, 필리핀어, 일본어 그리고 한국어 투표지를 구비하고 있으며 특정 선거구에 대해서는 필리핀어, 힌디어, 일본어, 한국어 및 버마어로 된 참조 투표지를 구비합니다.


COVID-19 Safety Guidelines at Vote Centers
For public health and safety, all Vote Center visitors and staff who are not fully vaccinated will be required to:

Face covering

Face Covering

Wear a face covering over your nose and mouth


Vote in Person

Once at a Vote Center

Here are the steps for voting at a Vote Center:


San Mateo County Election Contingency Plan


The San Mateo County Registration & Elections Division’s Ballot Contingency Plan satisfies the requirement under Election Code Section 14299 to submit an alternate procedure for precinct boards if they are “unable to furnish a ballot to a qualified voter because there is an insufficient number of ballots at the precinct” and are “awaiting the delivery of additional ballots.”

The number one goal is to ensure that no Vote Centers run out of ballots. We also recognize the need to assist the public by ensuring there is no perception or fear of vote centers running out of ballots.


Vote Centers
Dominion Democracy Suite Voting System

At a Vote Center, voters have the option of marking a paper ballot or using the new touchscreen ballot marking tablet to mark their ballot.

Each Vote Center will have multiple accessible voting stations consisting of a modern touchscreen ballot marking tablet and an individual printer. These devices provide a simple, intuitive interface for voters. Unlike the direct-recording electronic voting machines previously used, ballot marking tablets do not store voters’ selections electronically.

ballot marking tablet

After marking their ballots, voters print their ballots from a printer in their voting booth. The printed ballot lists the voters’ selections and includes a secure bar code. Voters then deposit their ballot in a Ballot Box.

Video – How to Vote using a Ballot Marking Tablet

Vote Centers

Español Video – Cómo Votar en una Tableta de Marcar Boletas


If voters choose to complete their ballot by hand, the appropriate ballot for each voter is printed. Once the voter completes marking the ballot, the voter deposits the ballot in the Ballot Box.

Ballot Boxes are returned to the San Mateo County Registration & Elections Division, where central high-speed scanners count the paper ballots and tabulate votes. As ballots are reviewed during the canvass, the system creates a complete audit trail documenting how each mark on each ballot was interpreted and tallied.