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Thank you for voting in the November 3rd Election!

November 3rd election shows strong support for Measure S and brings new and familiar faces to City Council.

The City of San Mateo would  like to thank the San Mateo community for participating in San Mateo County’s first all-mail ballot election and for supporting Measure S. Early election results show tremendous support for this local revenue measure that was placed on the November ballot in July by the San Mateo City Council. It extends previously approved voter funding and will be used to improve infrastructure, enhance public safety and maintain essential services such as neighborhood police patrols, fire prevention services and programs for youth and seniors.

The San Mateo community identified these as priorities in a survey conducted earlier this year. The extension of San Mateo’s locally-controlled funding source provides long-term support for important community projects and programs.

We are grateful for the community’s support of Measure S and will continue to keep you updated on the results of the election as additional information is made available by the County.

Prior to placing Measure S on the ballot, the City conducted a Capital Needs Assessment, which identified $360 Million worth of projects with no funding source. This includes over $35 Million in street and pothole repair. Measure S provides San Mateo with the ability to fix nearly 19-miles of failed streets; it will improve flood control systems; and can be used to enhance parks, paths, and playfields; and provide safe playground equipment at City parks.

We would also like to congratulate those that were elected and re-elected to the San Mateo City Council. Election night proved successful for Diane Papan, who will fill the Council seat vacated by long-time Council member and current Deputy Mayor, Jack Matthews. Current Mayor, Maureen Freschet was re-elected for a second four-year term and Council member, Rick Bonilla ran unopposed to complete the remainder of the two-year term he was appointed to following Mayor Ross’s resignation.

It was exciting to watch the early results of the election roll in. We appreciate the support shown by the San Mateo community and thank you for participating throughout the process. For more information about Measure S, please visit

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City Council, Community, Local Election

Election Day!

November 3rd 2015

Today is Election Day! If you forgot to turn in your mail ballot for this All Mail Ballot election, do not fret! Follow these helpful reminders to ensure your vote counts. Then, get into the spirit with some fun Election Day trivia!

All Mail Ballot Voting Your Vote is your Choice

There is still time to vote! Even on Election Day there are a few ways you can still turn in your ballot and make sure your vote counts.

Mail It – Every registered voter was mailed a Vote by Mail ballot with a postage paid return envelope. Take your ballot to the post office today to make sure it is postmarked on November 3rd and received by the deadline of November 6th to make sure your ballot is received.

Drop It Off – You can drop off your ballot to any one of the 20 City/Town Halls, 32 Universal Polling Places, or 2 Voting Centers.

Vote In Person – On Election Day 32 Universal Polling Places as well as 2 Voting Centers will be open for you to vote in person. If you mailed in your ballot but are not sure it was received, you can vote using a provisional ballot at any Universal Polling Place. If your Vote by Mail ballot is received in time, the mailed ballot will be counted and not the provisional ballot.

Election Day Trivia !

Now that you have earned your sticker and voted, have some more fun and share these fun facts about Election Day with your friends and family, some may surprise you!

Why is Election Day in November ?

  • Back when voters traveled to get to polling places November was the ideal time to travel – after the harvest but also before the harsh winter.American Flags for Election Day

Why is Election Day always on a Tuesday?

  • Since people traveled to get to the polls Election Day was not made on a Sunday because many people did not travel on Sundays for religious reasons. Monday came to be the day to travel and Tuesday the day to vote.

Why not November 1st?

  • It was decided that Election Day would not fall on the first of the month because November 1st is All Saints Day. The first of the month is also when most shop keepers did their books.

On This Day…

  • First African-American Congressman elected – John W. Menard, Louisiana (1868)
  • Chevrolet enters the automobile market in competition with Ford (1911)
  • Bank of Italy becomes Bank of America (1930)
  • USSR launches Sputnik into orbit (1957)

Election Day  is an exciting day that has some interesting history behind it. Don’t forget to help make history yourself by voting today!

Community, Local Election

Remember to Vote!

In the November 3rd All-Mail Ballot Election

From open Council seats to a school bond measure and a local revenue measure, there are a number of initiatives on the San Mateo ballot that will impact our community for the next several years. Voting is a way to let your voice be heard, but too often than not many do not take the time to vote.

In an off-year election, voter turnout is traditionally lower. According to an article appearing in the Washington Post on November 10, 2014, last year’s midterm election saw the lowest voter turnout since World War II with only 36.4% of registered voters voting. Choosing to vote or not to vote is a personal decision and the reasons provided are infinite.

In an effort to increase voter turnout as well as to reduce election costs and produce faster results, San Mateo County is one of two California counties piloting an all-mail ballot this election cycle.  During a press conference held in early October and covered by the San Mateo Daily Journal on October 9th, Assemblyman Kevin Mullin stated, “If participation increases, as we are hoping, it could be a model for the state.”

Every voter in San Mateo County has received a ballot and the County Office of Elections has set-up a number of systems to make voting easy. Whether you have already submitted your ballot or are still deciding how to vote here are some helpful tips about how you can participate in this November’s election.

Vote_3Put your ballot in the mail or drop it off at a voting center

Returned ballots postmarked on or before Election Day, November 3rd, will be accepted provided ballots are received by November 6th, 2015. You can take your envelope with the ballot sealed inside to the US Postal Service and get it postmarked. You may also drop off your completed ballot at any official Ballot Drop Box at any City or Town in San Mateo County through November 3rd. The Drop Box locations will be open until 8:00 pm on Election Day. You may also drop off your ballot at the two Voting Centers in the County.

Local Drop-off Location

  • San Mateo City Hall, 330 W. 20th Avenue, San Mateo, 94403

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California law allows voters to cast their ballot any time during the 29 day period prior to Election Day. You may vote in person with your mailed ballot or on the electronic voting machine (eSlate) at either of the San Mateo County’s two Voting Centers.

County Voting Center Locations

  • San Mateo County Elections Office: 40 Tower Road, San Mateo CA 94402
  • Office of the Accessor-County Clerk-Recorder: 555 County Center, 1st Floor, Redwood City, CA 94063

Vote_6Vote in Person on Election Day

On Election Day, thirty-two accessible Universal Polling Places will be open throughout San Mateo County. At any of these Polling Places, any San Mateo County registered voter will be able to vote in person, request a replacement ballot or drop off his or her voted ballot. Personnel will be on hand to help voters requesting assistance.

In San Mateo County, 57% of registered voters are permanent absentee voters and during the 2013 general election, 77% of voters voted by mail. With most voters already familiar with the vote by mail process, there is reason to believe that turnout will be higher during this election cycle. And that could lead to an entirely new voting process for the state.

For more information about the November 3rd All-Mail Ballot Election, please visit For more information about the San Mateo Council Election and Measure S, please visit

Community, Local Election

Information About San Mateo Measure S

Continuing Local Funds for Local Services

This year’s election taking place on November 3rd is being conducted all by mail and San Mateo voters will have the opportunity to vote on Measure S, a limited term two-year City Council seat, and two full-term four-year Council seats, among other items.

Measure S is on the ballot to extend existing voter-approved, locally-controlled funding to maintain essential city services such as 9-1-1 emergency response, road repair, and police patrols. Continue reading for additional information about Measure S as well as answers to frequently asked questions. Please visit for more information.

San Mateo Measure S: Background Information

On June 11th, 2015 the San Mateo City Council adopted a balanced budget, in part by utilizing voter-enacted, locally-controlled funding.

The City also conducted a citywide assessment of infrastructure needs, which identified nearly $360 million dollars in unfunded projects, such as repairing failed streets and potholes, which are not presently being addressed.

After much discussion with the community, the San Mateo City Council unanimously agreed to place Measure S on the November 3, 2015 All-Mail Ballot. If approved by voters, Measure S would extend current voter-approved, locally-controlled funding to provide City services and address infrastructure needs without increasing tax rates.

San Mateo Measure S: Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What is Measure S and what budget issues does it address?IMG_1921

A: Measure S is an extension of existing voter-approved, locally-controlled funding, with no increase in tax rate. If enacted, Measure S funds will continue to provide support for City services such as 9-1-1 emergency response, police patrols, fire protection, street and road repair, and senior services.


Q: Will the City budget be impacted without Measure S?

A: Yes. The loss of the existing, locally-controlled funding would reduce the City’s General Fund revenue by $5 million annually. Measure S funds will help maintain current services, enhance public safety services, and construct important infrastructure projects, including $24 million in unfunded street, sidewalk and road repair.

 Q: What has been done to address the current fiscal situation?

A: In 2010, the San Mateo City Council adopted a policy of maintaining reserves equal to 3 months operating expenditures and adopted a Financial Sustainability Plan. Before asking voters to enact locally-controlled funding, the City initiated millions of dollars in cost-cutting measures including pension reform, service consolidation and deferring infrastructure maintenance in order to make ends meet. Along with these actions, voter-enacted, locally-controlled funding has helped to stabilize the City’s finances.

Q: What community priorities does Measure S address?

A: Measure S would help maintain and expand City services such as:IMG_3718

  • Maintaining neighborhood police patrols and gang prevention programs
  • Maintaining and improving city streets, sidewalks and improving potholes
  • Maintaining emergency medical services
  • Maintaining fire protection services
  • Maintaining senior services

Q: How can I get more information about Measure S?

A: To learn more, visit



Your Vote is Your Choice
City Council, Community, Local Election

All Mail Ballot Election

Take the time to vote!

This year’s election taking place on November 3rd is being conducted all by mail and San Mateo voters will have the opportunity to vote on Measure S, a limited term two-year City Council seat, and two full-term four-year Council seats, among other items.

San Mateo County will send ballots on October 5th with a prepaid return envelope to mail back to the County Office of Elections. Keep an eye out for it and take the time to participate in the November election.American Flags for Election Day

Once you receive your ballot, you’ll have until November 3rd to vote in this election and return your ballot to the County Office of Elections. Ballots, postmarked on or before Election Day, will be accepted as long as they are received within three days after the election.

Realizing that not all voters may be able to participate by mail, the County has provided other convenient ways to participate in this election.

Drop Off Locations

20 drop off locations are available throughout the County. Any voter can go to any drop off location to return a ballot. San Mateo City Hall, located at 330 West 20th Avenue, will serve as the local ballot drop off location in San Mateo. Visit for a list of drop off locations.

vote smartVoting Centers and Universal Polling Places

Two voting centers will be open from October 5th through Election Day and 32 Universal Polling Places will be open on Election Day throughout the county. A list of the Universal Polling Places is available at

Voting Center Locations & Hours

San Mateo County Elections Office 40 Tower Road, San Mateo, CA 94402

Office of the Assessor-County Clerk-Recorder 555 County Center, 1st Floor, Redwood City, CA 94063

Voting Center Hours:

  • October 5-November 2 —  Monday-Friday 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
  • Saturday, October 31 — 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
  • Election Day, November 3 — 7 a.m.-8 p.m.

For more information on the All-Mail in Ballot pilot program please visit