The City Clerk Department provides voter registration forms available during office hours 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. Monday - Friday. For the June 5, 2018 Primary Election, the deadline to register is May 21, 2018.
Additional information is available from the Official Election Site for the County of San Mateo
SB 450: Voters Choice Act (All Mail Ballot Voter Center Election)
Senate Bill 450, also known as the California Voter’s Choice Act (VCA), was signed into law on September 29, 2016, authorizing 14 counties, including San Mateo, to conduct any election as an All-Mailed Ballot/Voter Center election commencing 2018. Learn more here.
The City Clerk's Department is responsible for the administration of all municipal elections, by providing the following services:
- Issue nomination papers to candidates
- The City Clerk serves as Filing Officer for Campaign Statements and Statements of Economic Interests as required by the Political Reform Act and administered by the Fair Political Practices Commission [fppc.ca.gov] (Note: Copies of Campaign Statements and Statements of Economic Interests are available from the City Clerk Department at a cost of $.10 per page.)
- Maintain history of past municipal elections
2018 Election Calendar (San Mateo County Office of Elections)
June 5, 2018 Ballot Measures (San Mateo County Office of Elections)
California Voter Participation Rights Act
SB 415 is a new State law that aims to improve voter turnout by combining local odd-year elections with even-year statewide elections (e.g. Presidential, Gubernatorial).
To comply with SB 415 -- the California Voter Participation Rights Act – City Council voted Feb. 27, 2017 to move the City’s next general municipal elections from its current odd-year November 2017/2019 cycle to an even-year General Election taking place November 2018/2020. This change requires extending the Council members’ terms by 12 months. This policy decision will enable the City to comply with new State laws, potentially increase voter turnout and share election costs with overlapping jurisdictions.
For more background details about this change please read these helpful Redwood City VOICE blog posts: