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May 8, 2018 - To increase voter participation and engagement, San Mateo County will be conducting the June 5, 2018, election as an All-Mailed Ballot/Vote Center election, in accordance with the Voter's Choice Act signed into law in 2016.
Posted May 8, 2018
County Implementing California Voter’s Choice Act
Senate Bill 450 - the California Voter’s Choice Act or VCA - was signed into law in 2016, authorizing San Mateo County and several others to conduct All-Mailed Ballot/Vote Center elections starting in 2018. This legislation was intended to increase voter participation and engagement, and expand accessibility and voting opportunities for all voters, particularly those with disabilities and visual impairments, and for language minorities.
San Mateo County is one of five counties in California that will be conducting the June 5, 2018 election as an All-Mailed Ballot/Vote Center election. More information is online at the County’s elections web page (smcacre.org/voting-options).
Here is a basic overview about how it will work for voters in Half Moon Bay:
Many people are already using mail-in ballots (67% of registered voters in San Mateo County), so for the majority of voters this ballot process will be familiar. For others, this is an opportunity to utilize a more convenient, accessible, and efficient voting system.