San Mateo County voter registration reaches all-time high


Though pundits and pollsters say the outcome of the presidential election in California is a foregone conclusion, voter registration in San Mateo County has reached an all-time high, according to Mark Church, the county's chief elections officer.

On Nov. 1, Mr. Church said the county had 394,396 voters registered for the Nov. 8 election and that the number may go even higher as more voters who registered close to the Oct. 24 deadline are counted.

Mr. Church said the previous highest count of registered voters was 389,718 during the 2008 presidential general election.

Statistics for voter registration numbers by municipality or district and party can be seen at

He said expanded options for registration, including online, by mail and in person, may have helped increase the numbers. Other factors include a heated presidential election, and the large number of candidates and issues on the state and local ballots.

“Registration is only the first step,” said Mr. Church. “I would encourage all San Mateo County citizens to take advantage of our early voting and vote-by-mail options to make their voices heard.”

Early ballots can be cast at any of three San Mateo County voting centers: in Redwood City at 555 County Center on the first floor, in San Mateo at 40 Tower Road, and at the South San Francisco Public Library at 840 West Orange Ave.

Voters from any precinct in the county may cast a ballot or drop off a mail-in ballot at the centers.

The voting centers are open weekdays through Nov. 7 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.; on Saturday Nov. 5 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.; and on Election Day, Tuesday, Nov. 8, from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Mail-in ballots must be postmarked on or before Election Day and received by Monday, Nov. 14, or dropped off at any city or town hall in the county through the close of business on Nov. 8.

On Election Day, mail-in ballots may be dropped off until 8 p.m. at the voting centers or any active polling place in the county.

Go to, call (650) 312-5222, or follow @smcvote on Twitter for more information.

Track a mailed ballot or get more information on the website.

• See the Almanac's Voter Guide.


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