Election Corner: Returning your Ballot

Return by Mail

All ballots arrive to voters with a postage paid return envelope — no need to add a stamp when mailing it back to the County Elections office. If you choose to mail your voted ballot, be sure to send it back promptly. Vote by mail ballots must be received by the San Mateo County Registration & Elections Division on or before 8 p.m. on Election Day, or be postmarked on or before Election Day, November 3, and received by the County within 17 days after Election Day.

Ballot Drop Boxes

Official Ballot Drop Boxes are popping up all around San Mateo County. These boxes are provided by the San Mateo County Elections Office and are a safe and secure way to return your voted ballot directly to the County for processing. Ballot boxes are tamper-proof and provide voters with peace of mind that their ballot will be received in a timely manner.

Curbside Drop-off

For those who prefer to drop off their ballot while remaining in their car, a 2-day curbside ballot drop-off station will be available in the Redwood City Downtown Library parking lot on Saturday, October 31, and on Tuesday, November 3. Simply drive up and follow the signs. As with Ballot Drop Boxes, all curbside ballot boxes are safely secured by official election staff and delivered directly to the San Mateo County Elections Office for processing.

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