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Voter Information

November 5, 2019 Consolidated Municipal, School and Special District Election

To register to vote or update your voter registration, visit California Online Voter Registration. Voter registration forms are also available at the City Clerk’s office during regular office hours, Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

For more information about what will be on the ballot, visit the Official Election Site for the County of San Mateo

Important Dates & Deadlines

October 7 -October 29

Vote by Mail ballots will be sent to all eligible registered voters in the county. Voters can request a replacement ballot to be mailed by contacting the County Elections Office by October 29.

October 8 -November 5

Between these dates, at least one ballot drop-off location shall be provided for every 15,000 registered voters within the jurisdiction where the election is held. City Hall is a ballot drop-off location. The black ballot box is located on the first floor in front of the Information Desk.

October 21

Last day to register to vote for the November 5, 2019 election. Register to vote here:

October 22 -November 5

Between these dates the County Elections Office shall provide Conditional Voter Registration and provisional voting at all Vote Centers for voters who missed the October 21 registration deadline.

October 29

Last day for voters to request the County Elections Office to send a Vote by Mail ballot in Spanish or Chinese, or a facsimile copy of a ballot printed in Filipino or Korean; Last day for voters to request a ballot that voters with disabilities can read and mark privately and independently.

November 2 -November 5

At least one Vote Center is provided for every 10, 000 registered voters within the jurisdiction where the election is held. In Redwood City, the following have been designated as 4-day Vote Centers:

  • Fair Oaks Community Center
  • San Mateo County Office of Education (Redwood Shores)
  • Red Morton Community Activities Building 
  • Redwood City Assessor-County Clerk-Recorder
  • Woodside Fire Training Room

November 5

Election Day. All Vote Centers are open from 7:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.

November 8

Vote by Mail ballots postmarked on or before Election Day (November 5) must be received by the County Elections Office by this day in order to be counted.


Official Election Site for the County of San Mateo

Municipal Election Information

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 (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

Other Election Information


California Voter Participation Rights Act

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

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: 

Oct. 14, 2016

Jan. 6, 2017

Jan. 13, 2017