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September 4, 2013


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

Phone: 650.363.4988 Fax: 650.363.1903 E-mail:


Alternate: David Tom, Deputy Assessor-County Clerk-Recorder
Phone: 650.312.5222 Fax: 650.312.5348 E-mail:


Application Period for Military and Overseas Voting

Ballot Application Period Opens September 6th for the November 5, 2013

Consolidated Municipal, School and Special District Election



(Redwood City, CA) The ballot application period opens September 6 and will remain open through November 5 for military and overseas voters participating in the Consolidated Municipal, School and Special District Election, according to Mark Church, Chief Elections Officer & Assessor-County Clerk-Recorder.


San Mateo County voters who are:

  • Members of the Uniformed Services, Merchant Marine, on active duty
  • Spouse or dependent of a member of the Uniformed Services or Merchant Marine on active duty
  • Commissioned Corps of the Public Health Service or the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
  • U.S. citizens living abroad

may register and apply for a ballot by completing a Federal Post Card Application form (FPCA).


The FPCA form is available at your local US Embassy or at the Federal Voting Assistance Program website at You may also go to the California Secretary of State’s website at to register as a military or overseas voter.


When you register, you may choose to receive your ballot by: 1) Email/Online, 2) Fax or 3) Postal Mail. Pursuant to the Uniformed and Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting Act, San Mateo County will send your ballot between 60 and 45 days prior to Election Day.


“We respond immediately to requests from military and overseas voters, to address the inherent logistical challenges of distance and foreign circumstance. Our goal is to provide every voter the opportunity to participate in the upcoming election,” Church explained.


The deadline to register to vote in this election is October 21. Registered overseas voters may submit an overseas ballot application up to and including November 5, if the voter wants to receive the ballot via email or fax. 


Further information for military and overseas voters is available from the Registration and Elections Division by calling 650.312.5222 or emailing