Ways to Vote

Voting is the fundamental right of every U.S. citizen. The San Mateo County Registration & Elections Division strives to uphold and preserve this right through voter registration, voter education and accessible voting options.

Here you will find information on where, when and how you can vote.

As a voter, we thank you for partnering with us in this core element of democracy. 

Vote by Mail / Drop Box

Find more information on Vote by Mail ballots and the different ways you can return your voted ballot.

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Vote Centers / In-Person Voting

Find information about your nearest voting center and in-person voting guidelines.

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Remote Accessible Vote by Mail System

Mark your ballot and print it from any computer with internet access if you are a registered voter. Mail or take your voted ballot to a Ballot Drop Box or Vote Center.

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First-Time Voters

Find out more about identification requirements for first-time voters.

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Assistance for Voters with Disabilities

All voting locations are ADA accessible to voters with disabilities under ADA Title II and in compliance with guidelines set by the California Secretary of State.

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Uniformed and Overseas Voters

Learn more about registering to vote, returning your ballot, and other military and overseas voting information.

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Conditional Voter Registration

Learn more about voting under Conditional Voter Registration (CVR).

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California Voter's Choice Act

Find out more about the landmark legislation which transformed the manner in which elections are conducted in the State of California.

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Dominion Democracy Suite Voting System

Democracy Suite is a fully integrated, highly secure voting system. 

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Language Assistance

In accordance with the Voting Rights Act, the ballot and voting instructions are available in four languages: English, Spanish, Filipino, and Chinese.

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Current Election

Election Information and Candidate Information

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Notice Regarding Electioneering and Corruption of the Voting Process

Learn more about what is prohibited.

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