Vote Centers & Vote in Person

Overview

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 the electronic voting machine (eSlate).

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Vote in Person

Once at a Vote Center

Here are the steps for voting at a Vote Center:

  1. Fill out a Ballot Request form
  2. Check-in with the Vote Center Representative
  3. Wait a moment for the Vote Center Representative to issue you an access code to vote on the eSlate.
  4. Vote
  5. When finished voting, the Vote Center Representatives will give you an “I Voted” sticker – wear it proudly!

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San Mateo County Election Contingency Plan

Purpose

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.

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eSlate Voting

What is it?

The eSlate is an electronic voting device, also known as a Direct Recording Electronic (DRE) voting system. The eSlate has won acclaim for its ease of use, accessibility and accurate vote tabulation.