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Democrat
Christy Smith


According to our analysis, Christy Smith is the strongest choice to represent Congressional District 25. She is a strong advocate who can bring people together in order to advance progressive initiatives, which is exactly what Congressional District 25 needs.

About the Race

This is a special election on May 12th to fill the seat left vacant in October 2019 after a scandal-driven resignation by Katie Hill (D). Assembly Representative Christy Smith is running against Mike Garcia (R), an Iraq War veteran and a top executive at a leading defense contractor. The winner will serve the remainder of Hill’s term through 2020. Republicans are highly invested in the outcome of this race, have poured a lot of resources into it, and are relying on low voter turnout to pull off a win.

About the District

Congressional District 25 covers most of northern Los Angeles County and part of eastern Ventura County. It includes the cities of Palmdale and Santa Clarita, most of Lancaster and Simi Valley, and part of the northern San Fernando Valley. The district was held by Republicans for over 25 years before it was flipped in 2018 by progressive Democrat Hill. Hill’s win helped Democrats win back a majority in Congress; as a result District 25 is not only one of the most competitive Congressional districts in California but in the nation. 

About the Opponent

Mike Garcia (R) is an Iraq War veteran and an executive at Raytheon, a leading defense contractor. Garcia isn’t the leader our community needs right now. We deserve someone who will fight to expand healthcare, not oppose it (as Garcia had done with the Affordable Care Act). Despite the continual blunders and fatal missteps made by the federal government in navigating the COVID-19 pandemic, Garcia fully supports the president and has stated that he believes the administration has done a decent job addressing the public health crisis. 

We recommend that you cast your vote for Christy Smith, who currently serves in the State Assembly and has earned a reputation for championing progressive childcare and education initiatives. 

Candidate Background

Rep. Christy Smith is a longtime resident of Santa Clarita, CA. According to campaign materials, she is running to represent Congressional District 25 to improve public education, make healthcare more affordable and available, and end corruption in Washington. Rep. Smith currently serves in the State Assembly representing Assembly District 38, which includes portions of LA and Ventura Counties. Prior to her election, she worked as an analyst at the US Department of Education, founded the Valencia Valley Technological Education Foundation, and served as president of the Newman School District.

Candidate Record

In the State Assembly, Rep. Smith has taken progressive stances on childcare and education and has authored legislation to protect children and human trafficking victims. These include AB 543, which makes school sexual harassment resources accessible, AB 629, which authorizes the Victim Compensation Board to provide compensation equal to loss of income or support to human trafficking victims, and AB 1336, which funds more childhood unintentional injury prevention programs.

In 2019, Rep. Smith scored a 48 out of 100 on Courage Score, our annual analysis of legislator's progressive voting records. This is largely due to unfavorable votes on issues including affordable housing, economic justice, workers rights, racial justice, and political accountability. Of particular concern were her no votes on AB362, which allows the state to contract safe-injection site operators in the Bay Area, and AB1215 which bans biometric surveillance and facial recognition from use in police body cameras for three years. A low Courage Score is not atypical for a legislator representing a historically Republican-led district such as Assembly District 38, and based on our analysis, Rep. Smith’s votes move her district in a progressive direction.

Candidate Viability and Support

Progressive allies on the ground in the district, especially those working with marginalized communities, are strongly aligned behind Rep. Smith. Though we disagree with some of Smith’s stances and votes outlined above, her electoral support and substantial list of endorsements in a recently flipped district indicates progressive consensus. Rep. Smith’s record in the State Assembly also shows she can win in competitive districts where Republicans have traditionally dominated. Her 2018 election was a signal victory for Democrats and flipped Assembly District 38, which had been held by Republicans since 1978.

How to Vote in this Election

The May 12 election encompasses only the 25th Congressional District and is being administered by the Registrar of Voters in Los Angeles and Ventura Counties. To be counted, completed ballots must be received at your County Registrar of Voters office no later than 8 p.m. on Election Day, or be postmarked on or before Election Day and received no later than three days after Election Day.

Register to Vote 

You must register to vote by April 27, 2020 to receive a Vote By Mail ballot in the mail. After the April 27th deadline, you can still register and vote under Conditional Voter Registration (CVR), also known as Same Day Voter Registration. Contact your county elections office to learn more about CVR.

Vote in LA County

In LA County, voting by mail or voting in person at a participating Vote Center are the two ways to vote in this election. 

  • Vote By Mail: All registered voters in the May 12 Congressional District 25 Special General Election have been mailed a Vote by Mail ballot starting April 13th.
  • Vote In Person: Voters have 10 consecutive days and Election Day to vote in-person at ANY participating Vote Center in the County. Safe and secure Vote Centers throughout the District will follow all COVID-19 related public health and safety guidelines. During the voting period, Vote Centers will be open from 8 AM to 5 PM during the 10 days prior to Election Day. On Election Day, all Vote Centers will be open from 7 AM to 8 PM. Please note that voting early at the LA County Registrar Headquarters will not be available during the COVID-19 Stay at Home order. 
  • Accessible Voting: The international symbol of access is used on every sample ballot pamphlet to indicate if a polling place is accessible to voters using wheelchairs. Presently, 95% of L.A. County polls are accessible. To find the nearest accessible polling place with the same ballot as your precinct, call (800) 815-2666, option 4 or use the Polling Place Lookup on the County Elections website.
  • Los Angeles County Elections Website: https://locator.lavote.net/locations/vc/?id=4178
Vote in Ventura County

In Ventura County, voting by mail is the only way to vote in this election and every eligible registered voter will receive a vote by mail ballot. There will be no in-person polling locations. 

  • Vote By Mail: Voted ballots must be postmarked on or before Election Day and received by the Elections Division no later than three days after Election Day. No postage is necessary. Ballots dropped off in person must be received no later than 8:00 p.m. on Election Day. Voted ballots may be dropped off at a 24/7, outside, secured drop box at the office of the Simi Valley City Clerk or in ballot drop boxes available in front of the Hall of Administration and Hall of Justice Buildings of the Ventura County Government Center. 
  • Accessible Voting: Voters with differing abilities can receive access to Remote Accessible Vote By Mail (RAVBM). The RAVBM system allows voters with differing abilities to download and mark their ballot privately and independently using their own assistive technology. To sign up for RAVBM, call (805) 654-2664 or email VenturaVoterRegistration@ventura.org.

Ventura County Elections Website: https://recorder.countyofventura.org/elections/

Last updated: 2020-07-15

Endorsed By: California Democratic Party, California Federation of Teachers, California League of Conservation Voters, California Teachers Association, Equality California, LA County Federation of Labor, AFL-CIO, NARAL Pro-Choice California, National Union of Healthcare Workers, Planned Parenthood Action Fund, SEIU CA, Sierra Club California, Stonewall Democratic Club , Los Angeles Times, International Association of Fire Fighters, Southwest Regional Council of Carpenters (SWRCC), Communications Workers of America (CWA), Central Coast Labor Council (CCLC), Amalgamated Transit Union (ATU) Local 1277, American Federation of Music (AFM) Local 47, Teamsters Joint Council 42, International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) Southern California District Council, American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) AFL-CIO, International Union of Painters and Allied Trades (IUPAT) District Council 36, LA/OC Building and Construction Trades Council, California IATSE (International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees) Council, UNITE HERE Local 11, International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 40, United Steelworkers (USW) Local 675, Teamsters Local 399, International Union of Operating Engineers (IUOE) Local 12, Laborers (LiUNA) Local 300, Plumbers & Fitters United Association (UA) Local 761, National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC), California School Employees Association (CSEA), EMILY's List, Human Rights Campaign (HRC), National Organization of Women (NOW), National Women’s Political Caucus (NWPC), California League of Conservation Voters (CLCV), League of Conservation Voters (LCV), Climate Hawks VOTE, National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare PAC, End Citizens United (ECU), Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, Giffords PAC, Armenian National Committee of America - Western Region, Indivisible, Indivisible Conejo, Indivisible CA-25 Simi Valley/Porter Ranch, California Young Democrats (CYD), Los Angeles County Democratic Party (LACDP), Ventura County Democratic Party, Ventura County Young Democrats, Heart of LA Democratic Club, Democratic Party of the San Fernando Valley (DP/SFV), Democrats for Israel-Los Angeles, Democratic Alliance for Action of Santa Clarita, North Valley Democratic Club, Simi Valley Democratic Club, San Fernando Valley Young Democrats, Simi Valley Democratic Club, Southern California Armenian Democrats (SCAD)


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Congress, 25th Congressional District

Depending on where you live, you may have the below races on your ballot.

Member of the House of Representatives

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Democrat


According to our analysis, Christy Smith is the strongest choice to represent Congressional District 25. She is a strong advocate who can bring people together in order to advance progressive initiatives, which is exactly what Congressional District 25 needs.

About the Race

This is a special election on May 12th to fill the seat left vacant in October 2019 after a scandal-driven resignation by Katie Hill (D). Assembly Representative Christy Smith is running against Mike Garcia (R), an Iraq War veteran and a top executive at a leading defense contractor. The winner will serve the remainder of Hill’s term through 2020. Republicans are highly invested in the outcome of this race, have poured a lot of resources into it, and are relying on low voter turnout to pull off a win.

About the District

Congressional District 25 covers most of northern Los Angeles County and part of eastern Ventura County. It includes the cities of Palmdale and Santa Clarita, most of Lancaster and Simi Valley, and part of the northern San Fernando Valley. The district was held by Republicans for over 25 years before it was flipped in 2018 by progressive Democrat Hill. Hill’s win helped Democrats win back a majority in Congress; as a result District 25 is not only one of the most competitive Congressional districts in California but in the nation. 

About the Opponent

Mike Garcia (R) is an Iraq War veteran and an executive at Raytheon, a leading defense contractor. Garcia isn’t the leader our community needs right now. We deserve someone who will fight to expand healthcare, not oppose it (as Garcia had done with the Affordable Care Act). Despite the continual blunders and fatal missteps made by the federal government in navigating the COVID-19 pandemic, Garcia fully supports the president and has stated that he believes the administration has done a decent job addressing the public health crisis. 

We recommend that you cast your vote for Christy Smith, who currently serves in the State Assembly and has earned a reputation for championing progressive childcare and education initiatives. 

Candidate Background

Rep. Christy Smith is a longtime resident of Santa Clarita, CA. According to campaign materials, she is running to represent Congressional District 25 to improve public education, make healthcare more affordable and available, and end corruption in Washington. Rep. Smith currently serves in the State Assembly representing Assembly District 38, which includes portions of LA and Ventura Counties. Prior to her election, she worked as an analyst at the US Department of Education, founded the Valencia Valley Technological Education Foundation, and served as president of the Newman School District.

Candidate Record

In the State Assembly, Rep. Smith has taken progressive stances on childcare and education and has authored legislation to protect children and human trafficking victims. These include AB 543, which makes school sexual harassment resources accessible, AB 629, which authorizes the Victim Compensation Board to provide compensation equal to loss of income or support to human trafficking victims, and AB 1336, which funds more childhood unintentional injury prevention programs.

In 2019, Rep. Smith scored a 48 out of 100 on Courage Score, our annual analysis of legislator's progressive voting records. This is largely due to unfavorable votes on issues including affordable housing, economic justice, workers rights, racial justice, and political accountability. Of particular concern were her no votes on AB362, which allows the state to contract safe-injection site operators in the Bay Area, and AB1215 which bans biometric surveillance and facial recognition from use in police body cameras for three years. A low Courage Score is not atypical for a legislator representing a historically Republican-led district such as Assembly District 38, and based on our analysis, Rep. Smith’s votes move her district in a progressive direction.

Candidate Viability and Support

Progressive allies on the ground in the district, especially those working with marginalized communities, are strongly aligned behind Rep. Smith. Though we disagree with some of Smith’s stances and votes outlined above, her electoral support and substantial list of endorsements in a recently flipped district indicates progressive consensus. Rep. Smith’s record in the State Assembly also shows she can win in competitive districts where Republicans have traditionally dominated. Her 2018 election was a signal victory for Democrats and flipped Assembly District 38, which had been held by Republicans since 1978.

How to Vote in this Election

The May 12 election encompasses only the 25th Congressional District and is being administered by the Registrar of Voters in Los Angeles and Ventura Counties. To be counted, completed ballots must be received at your County Registrar of Voters office no later than 8 p.m. on Election Day, or be postmarked on or before Election Day and received no later than three days after Election Day.

Register to Vote 

You must register to vote by April 27, 2020 to receive a Vote By Mail ballot in the mail. After the April 27th deadline, you can still register and vote under Conditional Voter Registration (CVR), also known as Same Day Voter Registration. Contact your county elections office to learn more about CVR.

Vote in LA County

In LA County, voting by mail or voting in person at a participating Vote Center are the two ways to vote in this election. 

  • Vote By Mail: All registered voters in the May 12 Congressional District 25 Special General Election have been mailed a Vote by Mail ballot starting April 13th.
  • Vote In Person: Voters have 10 consecutive days and Election Day to vote in-person at ANY participating Vote Center in the County. Safe and secure Vote Centers throughout the District will follow all COVID-19 related public health and safety guidelines. During the voting period, Vote Centers will be open from 8 AM to 5 PM during the 10 days prior to Election Day. On Election Day, all Vote Centers will be open from 7 AM to 8 PM. Please note that voting early at the LA County Registrar Headquarters will not be available during the COVID-19 Stay at Home order. 
  • Accessible Voting: The international symbol of access is used on every sample ballot pamphlet to indicate if a polling place is accessible to voters using wheelchairs. Presently, 95% of L.A. County polls are accessible. To find the nearest accessible polling place with the same ballot as your precinct, call (800) 815-2666, option 4 or use the Polling Place Lookup on the County Elections website.
  • Los Angeles County Elections Website: https://locator.lavote.net/locations/vc/?id=4178
Vote in Ventura County

In Ventura County, voting by mail is the only way to vote in this election and every eligible registered voter will receive a vote by mail ballot. There will be no in-person polling locations. 

  • Vote By Mail: Voted ballots must be postmarked on or before Election Day and received by the Elections Division no later than three days after Election Day. No postage is necessary. Ballots dropped off in person must be received no later than 8:00 p.m. on Election Day. Voted ballots may be dropped off at a 24/7, outside, secured drop box at the office of the Simi Valley City Clerk or in ballot drop boxes available in front of the Hall of Administration and Hall of Justice Buildings of the Ventura County Government Center. 
  • Accessible Voting: Voters with differing abilities can receive access to Remote Accessible Vote By Mail (RAVBM). The RAVBM system allows voters with differing abilities to download and mark their ballot privately and independently using their own assistive technology. To sign up for RAVBM, call (805) 654-2664 or email VenturaVoterRegistration@ventura.org.

Ventura County Elections Website: https://recorder.countyofventura.org/elections/

Last updated: 2020-07-15

Endorsed By: California Democratic Party, California Federation of Teachers, California League of Conservation Voters, California Teachers Association, Equality California, LA County Federation of Labor, AFL-CIO, NARAL Pro-Choice California, National Union of Healthcare Workers, Planned Parenthood Action Fund, SEIU CA, Sierra Club California, Stonewall Democratic Club , Los Angeles Times, International Association of Fire Fighters, Southwest Regional Council of Carpenters (SWRCC), Communications Workers of America (CWA), Central Coast Labor Council (CCLC), Amalgamated Transit Union (ATU) Local 1277, American Federation of Music (AFM) Local 47, Teamsters Joint Council 42, International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) Southern California District Council, American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) AFL-CIO, International Union of Painters and Allied Trades (IUPAT) District Council 36, LA/OC Building and Construction Trades Council, California IATSE (International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees) Council, UNITE HERE Local 11, International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 40, United Steelworkers (USW) Local 675, Teamsters Local 399, International Union of Operating Engineers (IUOE) Local 12, Laborers (LiUNA) Local 300, Plumbers & Fitters United Association (UA) Local 761, National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC), California School Employees Association (CSEA), EMILY's List, Human Rights Campaign (HRC), National Organization of Women (NOW), National Women’s Political Caucus (NWPC), California League of Conservation Voters (CLCV), League of Conservation Voters (LCV), Climate Hawks VOTE, National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare PAC, End Citizens United (ECU), Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, Giffords PAC, Armenian National Committee of America - Western Region, Indivisible, Indivisible Conejo, Indivisible CA-25 Simi Valley/Porter Ranch, California Young Democrats (CYD), Los Angeles County Democratic Party (LACDP), Ventura County Democratic Party, Ventura County Young Democrats, Heart of LA Democratic Club, Democratic Party of the San Fernando Valley (DP/SFV), Democrats for Israel-Los Angeles, Democratic Alliance for Action of Santa Clarita, North Valley Democratic Club, Simi Valley Democratic Club, San Fernando Valley Young Democrats, Simi Valley Democratic Club, Southern California Armenian Democrats (SCAD)


State Senator, 28th District

Depending on where you live, you may have the below races on your ballot.

Member of the State Senate

Elizabeth Romero photo
Democrat


According to our analysis, Elizabeth Romero is the strongest choice to represent State Senate District 28.

About the Race

This is a special election on May 12th to fill the State Senate seat left vacant after Sen. Jeff Stone resigned in November to join the Trump Administration. Romero is a Democrat running against Assemblymember Melissa Melendez (R), a vocal Trump supporter who has strongly opposed criminal justice reforms and voted against legislation to establish mandatory vaccinations in California during her time in the State Assembly. It is imperative that a Democrat is elected to this seat in order to advance progressive policy in Sacramento. There is no question that Asm. Melendez would oppose all progressive priorities.

About the District

California State Senate District 28 extends from southwestern Riverside County through the Coachella Valley to the Arizona border. It includes the cities of Blythe, Indio, Lake Elsinore, Murrieta, Palm Springs, and Temecula. According to recent election results, Democrats can win this seat as they did in a 2011 special election and in 2006, but Republicans have won in the last two election cycles in 2014 and 2018. Democrats now outnumber Republicans in voter registration in the district.  

Candidate Background

Elizabeth Romero grew up in Thermal, California and is the daughter of immigrants from Mexico and El Salvador. According to campaign materials she is running to represent Senate District 28 to advance inclusive economic growth and opportunity, ensure seniors and people with disabilities are able to keep their homes and live with dignity, work with immigrant and LGBTQ+ communities, and defend worker’s rights.

Candidate Record

Romero is currently Assistant Vice Chancellor of Government & Community Relations at the University of California, Riverside where she has helped secure $100 million for the UC Riverside School of Medicine and $15 million for telepsychiatry healthcare to expand the number of primary care doctors and address the mental health crisis in medically underserved communities in the state. She is also an elected member of the Riverside County Board of Education representing Coachella Valley, Desert Center, Desert Sands, Palm Springs and Palo Verde Unified School Districts.

Prior to joining UCR, Elizabeth worked at Planned Parenthood of the Pacific Southwest where she helped enroll over 17,000 new people in the Affordable Care Act. Romero also managed the Building Healthy Communities Initiative funded by The California Endowment, where she brought together over 80 groups to address local issues that directly influenced the disbursement of a multi-million investment in the Eastern Coachella Valley. She has also worked for Desert Arc, University Center for Developmental Disabilities and served as a Legislative Assistant to the late Riverside County Fourth District Supervisor Roy Wilson and Supervisor John J. Benoit.

Candidate Viability and Support

Romero is an established community leader who has demonstrated the ability to bring people together for consensus-based policymaking that has delivered real benefits to the people of Riverside County.

How to Vote in this Election

The May 12 election encompasses only the 28th Senate District and is being administered by the Riverside County Registrar of Voters. To be counted, completed ballots must be received at the Riverside County Registrar of Voters office no later than 8 p.m. on Election Day, or be postmarked on or before Election Day and received no later than three days after Election Day.

Vote in Riverside County

In Riverside County, voting by mail or making an appointment to vote in person are the two ways to vote in this election.

  • Vote by Mail: All registered voters in the May 12 Senate District 28 Special Election have been mailed a vote-by-mail ballot starting April 13th. Vote-by-mail ballots can be returned through the postal service or deposited in vote-by-mail drop-off boxes located at the Blythe City Clerk’s office or the Riverside County Registrar of Voters office. No postage is necessary. Be sure to sign the return envelope. Your signature must appear similar to the original signature on your voter registration form. A Vote By Mail ballot without your signature will not be counted. 
  • Vote In Person: Early voting at the Riverside County Registrar of Voters office began on April 13 and continues Monday through Friday (excluding county holidays), from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and on Election Day from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Please call (951) 486-7200 to schedule an appointment to vote in person. 
  • Accessible Voting: Accessibility options for voters with differing abilities in Riverside County are available at https://sites.omniballot.us/06065/app/home. If you experience issues, please contact the Registrar of Voters at (951) 697-8966 or by email at rovweb@rivco.org
  • Register to Vote: You must register to vote by April 27, 2020 to receive a Vote By Mail ballot in the mail. After the April 27th deadline, you can still register and vote under Conditional Voter Registration (CVR), also known as Same Day Voter Registration. Contact your county elections office to learn more about CVR.
  • Riverside County Elections Website: https://www.voteinfo.net/elections/20200512/2020_05_12.asp

 

Last updated: 2020-07-15


San Mateo County Ballot Measures

County Measure Measure Q

VOTE YES
Measure Q: Special Tax for Extended Police and Structural Fire Protection Services

According to our analysis, Measure Q’s tax renewal funds emergency services for a region of San Mateo County with increased fire risk.

About the Race

This special election is asking voters whether to extend an existing $65 tax that applies to residents of San Mateo County Service Area 1 (CSA 1), which includes Unincorporated San Mateo Highlands, Baywood Park, and Baywood Plaza for an additional four years. The tax is used to pay for enhanced fire department services for the area, which includes a 24/7 fire engine located at Fire Station #17, located on Paul Scannell Drive. CalFire staffs the engine with a minimum of three firefighters, at least one of which is a Paramedic. The tax also funds patrol service of CSA 1 by a Deputy Sheriff, 7 days a week, 18 hours a day.

According to President of the Highlands Community Association Nicolas Liesje, this measure is being presented to voters in a special election because San Mateo County staff omitted this measure from the March 2020 ballot. It is unclear why this omission was made.

About the Decision

Measure Q renews the $65 tax on residents of CSA 1 for four additional years. A YES vote on Measure Q does not change the levels of taxation or services available to CSA 1. A NO vote on Measure Q will mean that CSA 1 will no longer have enhanced fire department and police services, and will also not pay the $65 tax, which is collected alongside local property taxes. Measure Q requires a 2/3 vote to pass.

About the Service Area

CSA 1 was established in 1955 to provide enhanced fire service for the San Mateo Highlands, Baywood Park, Baywood Plaza, San Mateo Oaks, Polhemus Heights, Hillside Garden and other neighborhoods in the unincorporated area to the east and west of Polhemus Road. The current population of CSA 1 is estimated at 3,052. The additional police services were added to the tax in 1966. CSA 1 does not administer any other special services.

About the Official Arguments

An argument in favor of and an argument against a measure were selected for publication in the Sample Ballot & Official Voter lnformation Pamphlet. The primary argument in favor of Measure Q was filed by President of the Highlands Community Association Nicolas Liesje. He describes the fire and police services funded by the tax as “local emergency services” and points out that it is an extension of an already existing tax that was first passed in 1955. The primary argument against Measure Q was filed by Mark Hinkle, President of the Silicon Valley Taxpayers Association and Jack Hickey, member of the Libertarian Party of San Mateo. They characterize it as a waste of taxpayers’ money. They also point out the costs of the special election itself as wasteful.

Based on the historical context of how this tax was first proposed and passed, it appears that the police services are in support of the fire emergency response services. The renewal of the police services funded by this tax appear to support emergency response efforts for CSA 1 only, and therefore seems unlikely to significantly impact police funding overall in San Mateo County.

How to Vote in this Election

The June 23 election encompasses only County Service Area 1 of San Mateo County and is being administered by San Mateo County’s Registration & Elections Division. To be counted, completed ballots must be received no later than 8 p.m. on Election Day, or be postmarked on or before Election Day and received no later than three days after Election Day. Voters will be able to cast their ballot via mail, or vote in person on paper or the electronic voting machine at a Vote Center. Information about this election can be found at https://www.smcacre.org/current-election.

Every registered voter in San Mateo County will be mailed a ballot beginning 29 days before Election Day. Voters will have the following options for returning their ballot:

  • Vote in person at the one Vote Center that will be open for this election, located at 40 Tower Road, San Mateo, CA 94402
  • Mail their ballot (postage is pre-paid) so that it is postmarked by Election Day, July 21, 2020
  • Drop their ballot off at marked drop off boxes inside and outside 40 Tower Road, San Mateo, CA 94402.

Accessible Voting: Voters with disabilities can vote privately and independently by accessing and marking a ballot in a screen-readable format from any computer. Ballots must be printed out and returned to the Registration & Elections Division. Marked ballots cannot be emailed or faxed. The service may be accessed anytime, day or night during an election period by going online to https://www.smcacre.org/my-election-info and entering your information to find a link to your ballot; or emailing registrar@smcacre.org or calling 650.312.5222 to have a link to your ballot emailed to you.

Register to Vote: To be eligible to vote in this election, your Voter Registration Form must be submitted online by midnight no later than 15 days before June 23rd. If you are mailing a Voter Registration Form, it must be postmarked no later than 15 days before June 23rd and received by the San Mateo County Registration & Elections Division by the close of the polls on June 23rd, Election Day.

After the June 8th deadline, you can still register and vote under Conditional Voter Registration (CVR), also known as Same Day Voter Registration. Contact your county elections office to learn more about CVR.

Risk-Limiting Audit: The San Mateo County Registration & Elections Division will be conducting a pilot risk-limiting audit for the June 23, 2020 County Service Area No. 1 Special Mail Ballot Election. More information about the audit is available here.

San Mateo County Registration & Elections Website: https://www.smcacre.org/election

Last updated: 2020-06-18