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Voting In San Mateo County


March 3, 2020 Presidential Primary Election

As a California Voter’s Choice Act County, all San Mateo County registered voters will receive a ballot in the mail. Between February 3, 2020 and February 29, 2020, Vote By Mail ballots will be mailed to all registered voters in the county. Vote by Mail ballots may be returned to any Ballot Drop Box in the County, via the US mail, or to a San Mateo County Vote Center. Beginning February 4, a Ballot Drop Box will be available at Pacifica City Hall, 170 Santa Maria Ave. Beginning February 29, a Vote Center will be available in Pacifica at St. Peter’s Parish, 700 Oddstad Blvd. Visit www.smcacre.org/elections for more information, including a full list of Vote Center and Ballot Drop Box locations for the March 3, 2020 Presidential Primary Election.

In Pacifica

  • Drop your ballot in the mail at any U.S. Post Office / mailbox.
  • A Ballot Drop Box will be available at Pacifica City Hall (inside), 170 Santa Maria Ave. during normal business hours from February 4 – March 3.
  • A Vote Center will be open in Pacifica at St. Peter’s Parish, 700 Oddstad Blvd., Pacifica from February 29 – March 3.

More information for this election is available at www.smcacre.org/elections   

For a full Vote Center Location listing:  www.smcacre.org/vote-center-locations


Dominion Voting System Now In Use In San Mateo County

San Mateo County adopted the Democracy Suite Voting System from Dominion Voting Systems. The system will be deployed for the March 3, 2020 Presidential Primary Election.

At a Vote Center, voters will have the option of marking a paper ballot or using the new touchscreen ballot marking tablet to mark their ballot. Each Vote Center will have multiple accessible voting stations consisting of a modern touchscreen ballot marking tablet and an individual printer. These devices provide a simple, intuitive interface for voters. Unlike the direct-recording electronic voting machines previously used, ballot marking tablets do not store voters’ selections electronically.  After marking their ballots, voters print their ballots from a printer in their voting booth. The printed ballot lists the voters’ selections and includes a secure bar code. Voters then deposit their ballot in a Ballot Box.

Ballot Boxes are returned to the San Mateo County Registration & Elections Division, where central high-speed scanners count the paper ballots and tabulate votes. As ballots are reviewed during the canvass, the system creates a complete audit trail documenting how each mark on each ballot was interpreted and tallied.

Voters may learn more about the Dominion Democracy Suite Voting System on the the San Mateo County Registration & Elections Division website via the following link: https://www.smcacre.org/dominion-democracy-suite-voting-system

On that site, you may watch a video on how to vote on the new Dominion Voting System.