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Public invited to observe election staffers process mail-in ballots

San Mateo County opens process to community

San Mateo County is inviting members of the public to observe the mail-in ballot process. Photo by Adam Pardee.

Starting Tuesday, the public is welcome to watch San Mateo County authorized elections staffers open and process mail ballots for the Nov. 3, 2020 presidential general election.

Election officials can open the return envelopes containing voted mail ballots beginning 29 business days before Election Day, according to a release from Mark Church, San Mateo County chief elections officer.

Operating hours for opening and processing will be daily, Monday through Friday from 5 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and 2-10:30 p.m. -- or until all ballots are processed for the day, until the official canvass is complete.

For each ballot, an election official will compare the voter's signature on the outside of the envelope to the signature on the voter's original registration application or other updated signatures on file.

The ballot is separated from the envelope to preserve secrecy. The envelope is saved for the mandatory retention period, and the ballot is digitally scanned.

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The tabulation of the scanned ballots will not be reported until the close of voting at 8 p.m. on Election Day.

Anyone interested in observing the process can go to the registration and elections division office at 40 Tower Road in San Mateo at any time, or make prior arrangements by contacting Elections Supervisor Michael Lui at (650) 312-5238 or [email protected]

Observers will receive a copy of the election observer program guidelines, which specifies observer rights, responsibilities and limitations and a copy of the vote by mail processing procedures.

Registered voters may use the "My Election Info" link at www.smcvote.org to verify when ballot materials were mailed and when the Registration & Elections Division received their voted ballot.

The last day for registered voters to request a ballot to be mailed to them for the Nov. 3, 2020 Presidential General Election is Tuesday, Oct. 27.

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Voted mail ballots can be returned in one of the following ways: Mail the ballot in the postage-paid envelope. Ballots must be postmarked by Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2020, and received by the Registration & Elections Division no later than Friday, Nov. 20.

Ballots may be dropped off at any Official Ballot Drop Box located throughout the county, or dropped off at any Vote Center daily between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. before Election Day and from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Election Day.

A full list of county vote center locations can be found online at www.smcvote.org and select "All Vote Center Locations" or at www.smcacre.org/vote-center-locations.

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Public invited to observe election staffers process mail-in ballots

San Mateo County opens process to community

by / Almanac

Uploaded: Sun, Oct 11, 2020, 8:02 am

Starting Tuesday, the public is welcome to watch San Mateo County authorized elections staffers open and process mail ballots for the Nov. 3, 2020 presidential general election.

Election officials can open the return envelopes containing voted mail ballots beginning 29 business days before Election Day, according to a release from Mark Church, San Mateo County chief elections officer.

Operating hours for opening and processing will be daily, Monday through Friday from 5 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and 2-10:30 p.m. -- or until all ballots are processed for the day, until the official canvass is complete.

For each ballot, an election official will compare the voter's signature on the outside of the envelope to the signature on the voter's original registration application or other updated signatures on file.

The ballot is separated from the envelope to preserve secrecy. The envelope is saved for the mandatory retention period, and the ballot is digitally scanned.

The tabulation of the scanned ballots will not be reported until the close of voting at 8 p.m. on Election Day.

Anyone interested in observing the process can go to the registration and elections division office at 40 Tower Road in San Mateo at any time, or make prior arrangements by contacting Elections Supervisor Michael Lui at (650) 312-5238 or [email protected]

Observers will receive a copy of the election observer program guidelines, which specifies observer rights, responsibilities and limitations and a copy of the vote by mail processing procedures.

Registered voters may use the "My Election Info" link at www.smcvote.org to verify when ballot materials were mailed and when the Registration & Elections Division received their voted ballot.

The last day for registered voters to request a ballot to be mailed to them for the Nov. 3, 2020 Presidential General Election is Tuesday, Oct. 27.

Voted mail ballots can be returned in one of the following ways: Mail the ballot in the postage-paid envelope. Ballots must be postmarked by Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2020, and received by the Registration & Elections Division no later than Friday, Nov. 20.

Ballots may be dropped off at any Official Ballot Drop Box located throughout the county, or dropped off at any Vote Center daily between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. before Election Day and from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Election Day.

A full list of county vote center locations can be found online at www.smcvote.org and select "All Vote Center Locations" or at www.smcacre.org/vote-center-locations.

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katherine
Registered user
Menlo Park: The Willows
on Oct 12, 2020 at 1:05 pm
katherine, Menlo Park: The Willows
Registered user
on Oct 12, 2020 at 1:05 pm
1 person likes this

When are ballots that are dropped off at official "drop boxes" opened? Are e better off to mail to get the count or to drop off at officials sites?


sie
Registered user
Menlo Park: Belle Haven
on Oct 12, 2020 at 1:14 pm
sie, Menlo Park: Belle Haven
Registered user
on Oct 12, 2020 at 1:14 pm
1 person likes this

hi katherine - here's what it says on the San Mateo County election website regarding the counting of mailed ballots: "Vote by Mail ballots are processed as they are received in the mail or picked up from the ballot drop boxes. The earlier a ballot is mailed or placed into a drop box increases the likelihood that it will be included in the Election Night posted result counts." Web Link


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