Deadline Ensures Time for Postal Delivery
October 19, 2021

Contact: Mark Church, Chief Elections Officer & Assessor-County Clerk-Recorder
Alternate: Jim Irizarry, Asst. Chief Elections Officer & Asst. Assessor-County Clerk-Recorder

(Redwood City, CA) Tuesday, October 26, is the final day that registered voters may request a replacement Vote by Mail ballot be delivered by mail for the November 2, 2021 Special Election. The deadline ensures that there is enough time for postal delivery. After this date, all requests for replacement Vote by Mail ballots must be made in person at one of San Mateo County’s Vote Centers. As a Voter’s Choice Act (VCA) County, as well as required per Senate Bill 152, all registered voters in San Mateo County received a ballot in the mail starting October 4, 2021.

To Request a Replacement Vote by Mail Ballot
Registered voters may request a Vote by Mail ballot by using any of the following request options:

  • Submit your request online through the request form at – click the “Request a Replacement” button;
  • Request a Vote by Mail ballot over the phone by calling the Registration & Elections Division at 650.312.5222; or
  • Prepare a written request, with your signature, stating your full name, residence address, mailing address (if different from your residence address), date of birth, and the date of the election for which the Vote by Mail ballot is requested (November 2, 2021). Fax to 650.312.5348 or email

To Request a Vote by Mail Ballot After the Deadline
All requests for a Vote by Mail ballot after October 26 must be made in person at any of the County’s Vote Centers. Vote Center locations and hours are available at or call or text 650.312.5222 for information.

Returning Your Voted Ballot
You may mail in your voted ballot to the Registration & Elections Division, or you may deliver it in person to any Vote Center. Drop Boxes are also available throughout the County in Atherton, Menlo Park, Woodside, Redwood City, and San Mateo; the Drop Boxes in the City of San Mateo allow voters to drop off their ballots from their vehicles conveniently. For a complete list of Drop Box locations, visit or call or text 650.312.5222 for information.

Voted Mail Ballot Deadline
To be accepted, voted mail ballots must be postmarked on or before Election Day, November 2, 2021, and received no later than Tuesday, November 9, 2021.

Vote Center Open for Two Weekends
In addition to the regular weekday hours, the Vote Center at the Registration & Elections Division, 40 Tower Road, San Mateo, will be open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, October 23 to 24, and October 30 to 31.

Two Vote Centers Added for Election Day
There will be three Vote Centers open on November 2 from 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. In addition to the Registration & Elections Division, there will be a Vote Center in each jurisdiction. Vote Centers will be open in Menlo Park and Woodside.

Special Election Updates
The most comprehensive resource for San Mateo County election information is, which is updated frequently as Election Day approaches. For more information on voting services available for the Special Election, please call or text 650.312.5222, visit or follow us on Twitter and Instagram @smcvote.

The Registration & Elections Division also offers a multilingual toll-free hotline, 888.SMC.VOTE (888.762.8683), to assist voters.

Related Contacts

Mark Church

Assessor-County Clerk-Recorder and Chief Elections Officer
555 County Center
Redwood City, CA 94063-1665Get Directions

Jim Irizarry

Asst. Assessor-County Clerk-Recorder & Asst. Chief Elections Officer
555 County Center
Redwood City, CA 94063-1665Get Directions