Elections and Voting

Elections and Voting

In normal years, the League distributes the LWVC Pros & Cons of the state ballot measures to local libraries. Because libraries are closed for now, print your own copy of the PDF iconPros & Cons.

View recordings of the Pros & Cons of the November 3 ballot measures.

See PDF iconPros & Cons for Measure RR, a sales tax measure to be voted on in San Mateo, San Francisco, and Santa Clara Counties.

Visit Voter's Edge California to find all the facts before you vote. Enter your address and get your entire ballot and polling place.

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Enter your address to find your polling place, create your personalized voters' guide and find everything you need to vote! With your personalized guide, you will:

  1. see everything that will be on your ballot,
  2. compare candidates' positions side-by-side,
  3. print out a personalized ballot with your choices to take with you on Election Day.

The League provides various resources for elections. Watch for the updated Easy Voter Guides, Pros & Cons and other materials to help prepare for elections.

                       Easy Voter Guides

The Easy Voter Guide has information to help new and busy voters learn about how to vote and what will be on the ballot in statewide elections. It also helps people learn how to make change in their community.

There are 12 state measures on the November ballot. Find the Pros & Cons


I Vote with the League Based on past studies and program positions, the LWV takes positions on some of the ballot measures. See the LWV California recommendations on the state ballot measures.

Click here for the Overseas Vote Foundation resourcesAre you a military or overseas voter?

Elections Changed in San Mateo County!

In June 2018, San Mateo joined four other counties in implementing the California Voter's Choice Act (VCA). The VCA changed the traditional polling place election model to an all-mailed ballot/vote center model with ballot drop-off locations.

The change was successful in increasing turnout and is now in effect. 

November 3, 2020 General Election

For the November 3, 2020 General Election, all registered voters will receive a ballot by postal mail.

Neighborhood polling places are replaced with regional vote centers. Locations will be listed in the mailed ballot information.

Voters can return the ballot by postal mail or use any of the drop boxes located throughout the county. Voters can also use any vote center to drop off the ballot, to vote in person or to get a replacement ballot. People who missed the deadline to register can also register and cast a provisional ballot at any vote center.

This voting system expands accessibility and voting opportunities for all voters, particularly those with disabilities, visual impairments and language minorities.

For more information about the Voter's Choice Act.

Locations of the vote centers and ballot drop off boxes are listed in the San Mateo County sample ballot and information is on the San Mateo County Election website.


Register to Vote   To register to vote, you must be

  • at least 18 years old
  • a resident of California
  •  a United States citizen
  • not in prison or on parole for a felony conviction

If you have moved since the last election, you must re-register to vote.

You can register to vote online. To register online, you will need:

  • Your California driver license or California identification card number
  • The last four digits of your social security number
  • Your date of birth

You may also fill out a voter registration form and mail it to the County Elections Department. Forms are available in all public buildings, including libraries, city halls, post offices, Department of Motor Vehicles, etc.

Register in person at 40 Tower Road, San Mateo. For more information on registering to vote in San Mateo County or to find out if you are registered, go to the San Mateo County Election Department website, or call 650 312-5222.

Check the San Mateo County Elections Department website for information about the county election system, current, future and past elections, elected public offices and officials, voter registration, polling places, voting by mail and much more.