You may register to vote at any time, but to be elegible to vote in an upcoming election, your voter registration form must be applied online by midnight no later than 15 days before that election. If you are mailing a voter registration form, it must be postmarked no later than 15 days before that election and received by the San Mateo County Registration and Elections Division by the close of polls on election day. Voter registration forms are available at City Hall and information can be obtained on the County’s website at www.shapethefuture.org. You can also register to vote online at the Secretary of State's website at http://registertovote.ca.gov.
The City Clerk's office is responsible for the administration of all municipal elections, by providing the following services:
- Issue nomination papers to candiates.
- The City Clerk serves as the Filing Officer for Campaign Statements and Statements of Economic Interests as required by the Polictical Reform Act and administered by the Fair Political Practices Commission. Copies of Campaign Statements and Statements of Economic Interests are available from the City Clerk's office at a cost of $.10 per page.
California Voter Participation Rights Act
SB 415 - the Califorina Voter Participation Rights Act - is a State law that aims to improve voter turnout by combining local odd-year elections with even-year statewide elections. To comply with SB 415, the City Council voted on September 13, 2016 to move the City's next general municipal election from its current odd-year November 2017 to an even-year General Election taking place November 2018. This change required extending the Councilmembers' terms by 12 months. This decision will allow the City to comply with the state law, potentially increase voter turnout, and share election costs with overlapping jurisidictions.