With the Presidential Primary Election three weeks away, eligible San Mateo County voters have until Monday to file a new or updated voter registration card to be allowed to vote in the June 5 election.
“New to this year, the legislature is allowing individuals who obtain their American citizenship after May 21 the opportunity to register and vote up until the close of polls on June 5 in the Primary Election,” said San Mateo County’s Chief Elections Officer Mark Church.
Church reminds voters that, “This countywide election includes federal, state and local offices as well as statewide propositions and local ballot measures. There are many issues on the ballot that will affect a voter’s quality of life, so it is important that eligible voters take the time to register and to vote.”
To be eligible to register to vote, a person must be: (1) a U.S. Citizen; (2) at least 18 years old on Election Day; (3) not in prison or on parole for a felony conviction; and (4) not deemed by a court to be mentally incompetent to register and to vote.
Further, registered voters must re-register whenever they have (1) moved to a new address, or (2) changed their name, or (3) desire to change political party affiliation prior to Primary Election.
Voter registration cards are available at the County Elections Office, as well as at any public library, city hall, or office of the U.S. Postal Service or Department of Motor Vehicles. Cards are also available online, from the website of the California Secretary of State at https://www.sos.ca.gov/nvrc/fedform/.
Voter registration cards require the applicant’s original signature and must be submitted in person or through the mail. A mailed registration card that is postmarked on or before May 21 will satisfy the deadline.
The website of the County Elections Office provides the latest registration statistics, updated weekly. The website also contains a link that allows eligible and registered voters to confirm their current registration status on the home page click on “Check My Registration/Access My Election Materials/ View My Sample Ballot Pamphlet.”