Vote by Mail
Receive My Ballot
Every voter will be mailed a ballot on October 5, 2015. The ballot will come in an envelope that looks like this:
Inside the ballot packet you will find:
- Your Official Ballot
- The postage-paid return envelope
- Voting Instructions
Delivery of the mailed ballot depends on your local mail service. If you don’t receive your ballot by October 16 -
- Go to a Voting Center on or before Election Day. Click here for a list of locations and hours of operation
- Go to a Universal Polling Place on Election Day only. Click here for a list of locations
Voting by mail is easy!
- Vote your ballot by filling in the box next to your choice.
- Put your voted ballot inside the pink postage paid return envelope.
- Sign the return envelope. (This is important! In order to count your ballot, we must match your signature on the envelope with the signature in your voter registration record.)
- Seal the envelope.
- Return the ballot.
Don’t delay! Once you vote your ballot and properly sign the envelope, you need to return it on time. Here’s how:
- Mail it in the postage paid return envelope. It can only be accepted if it is postmarked on or before Election Day, November 3, 2015 and received by Friday, November 6.
- Drop it off at any city or town hall in San Mateo County. Click here for a list of locations and hours.
- Drop it off at our 24-hour drop box at 40 Tower Road, San Mateo until 8 p.m. on November 3, 2015.
- Drop it off at a Voting Center. Click here for locations and hours of operation.
- Drop it off at a Universal Polling Place on Election Day only. Click here for a list of locations.
If you make a mistake voting your ballot or you haven’t received your ballot, you can get a replacement ballot. Here are the ways to request a replacement ballot:
- Go to a Voting Center on or before Election Day. Click here for a list of locations and hours of operation.
- Go to a Universal Polling Place on Election Day only. Click here for a list of locations.
Emergency Vote by Mail Voting - Authorized Ballot Pick-up
If, during the seven days before an election, you find that you will be unable to vote in person on Election Day, you may request in a written statement, signed under penalty of perjury, that a ballot be delivered to your authorized representative. Your authorized representative will receive your ballot after presenting the signed statement at the San Mateo County Registration & Elections Division.
Authorization to Deliver Vote by Mail Ballot After Close of Mailing Period