Elections and Voting

Elections and Voting

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

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.

See the Pros & Cons of the state ballot measures in November 2018. Watch for updated information in 2020.


I Vote with the League See the LWV California recommendations on the state ballot measures in November  2018

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

Elections Changed in San Mateo County!

San Mateo joined four other counties in implementing the California Voter's Choice Act (VCA) for the June 5, 2018 primary. The VCA changes the traditional polling place election model to an all-mailed ballot/vote center model with ballot drop-off locations.

Every registered voter in San Mateo County received a postage-paid mail-in ballot. Neighborhood polling places were replaced with regional vote centers. Voters could return the ballot by postal mail or use any of the drop boxes located throughout the county. Voters could also use any of the voting centers to drop off the ballot, to vote in person or to get a replacement ballot. People who missed the deadline to register could also register and cast a provisional ballot at any voting center.

The primary goal of the VCA is expand accessibility and voting opportunities for all voters, particularly those with disabilities, visual impairments and language minorities.

For Election Day on Tuesday, November 3, 2015 San Mateo County was part of a pilot program. Since over 57% of San Mateo County voters already voted by mail, this was nothing new for most.

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.

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.

California now has a top-two primary system for state elections. The two candidates who receive the highest number of votes, regardless of party, will be on the ballot in November.

See our calendar page for a list of candidate forums. View past events for taped forums.

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