Voting Options

Permanent Vote By Mail Voter


permanent vote by mail voterHow to Become A Permanent Vote By Mail Voter


Effective January 1, 2002, California's Election Law now allows any registered voter to become a Permanent Vote by Mail Voter (Chapter 922, AB 1520, 2001 Statutes.)


When an application for Permanent Vote by Mail Voter status is received and processed by the Elections Division, all election materials including an official ballot will automatically be mailed to the voter for each election in which the voter is qualified to participate; usually within 20 days before an election. The voter no longer needs to submit a Vote by Mail ballot request for each subsequent election. You no longer need to apply to Vote by Mail once you are signed up to vote on a permanent basis.


This provision has the potential to make voting more convenient and reduce our election costs. Hopefully it will also increase voter turnout. Today, nearly half of the voters in San Mateo County Vote by Mail.


To become a Permanent Vote by Mail Voter, please download and print the APPLICATION FORM (you will need Adobe Acrobat Reader available for free at, complete, sign, and mail or fax it to us.


Mail or Fax your completed and signed application to:


Registration & Elections Division
40 Tower Road
San Mateo, CA  94402
Attention:  Vote by Mail Unit
Fax: (650) 312-5348

Failure to vote in two statewide elections, however, will cancel your Permanent Vote by Mail Voter status, but will not affect your active voter registration status.  If you do not vote in a statewide election, you will need to re-apply for permanent Vote by Mail status.


If you wish to obtain further information, please call our Registration & Elections Division at (650) 312-5222 or email