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Posted on: May 8, 2018

June 5 Election will be All Mail Ballot/Vote Center Election

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


June Election will be All Mail Ballot/Vote Center Election

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:


  • Registered voters will be mailed a ballot 29 days before the election, with a postage-paid envelope to return the ballot.

  • Vote Centers will operate similar to polling places, where voters can cast their ballots in person.
    Unlike traditional polling places, voters can cast their ballots at any Vote Center throughout San Mateo County. Voters can also register to vote or update their registration at any Vote Center. The Vote Center in Half Moon Bay will open 10 days prior to the June 5 election, at Ted Adcock Community Center, 535 Kelly Avenue.

  • Each city or town hall in San Mateo County will have a locked ballot box where voters can drop off ballots.
    Half Moon Bay City Hall is located at 501 Main Street. Voters may also drop off a completed ballot at one of the Vote Centers, or any US Post Office or US Postal Service mailbox.


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.

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