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By Henrietta J. Burroughs                   Follow East Palo Alto Today on
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September 6, 2018                             EPA Today Facebook page Follow epatoday on Twitter EPA Today Blog Icon


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Is there anyone, whom you’d like to see on the November 6, 2018 ballot who hasn't filed to run? If there is someone you’d like to see as a candidate, who now isn’t, let them know that, as of September 10, 2018, they can file as a write-in candidate.

Write-in candidates for the November 6, 2018 Statewide General Election have a six-week period from Monday, September 10 2018 until 5 p.m. on Tuesday, October 23, 2018 to file a required “Statement of Write-in Candidacy.”

The write-in candidacy statement requests the candidate’s name, residential address, and a declaration of candidacy for the office in which they’re interested and the election date for which they are running.  There is no fee or charge for filing the required document.

Those interested in running as write-in candidates for school and special district offices should file their write-in documents at the San Mateo County Registration & Elections Division, which is located at 40 Tower Road in San Mateo, CA. Candidates are advised to set up an appointment with Filing Officer, Michelle Yue, by contacting her by phone at 650.312.5293 or by email at myue@smcacre.org.

Candidates interested in running as write-in candidates for city offices should file their paperwork with the city clerk in their respective cities.

According to the San Mateo County Registration & Elections Division, the November 6, 2018 Statewide General Election will be the second election conducted under the California Voter’s Choice Act model. 

Under the act, voters will go to Vote Centers, rather than to their traditional polling places. These centers will be open for voting for longer periods than previous polling places and offer expanded voter services, such as voter registration, multilingual assistance and disabled access voting options.

Every registered voter can now expect to receive in their mail a Vote-by-Mail Ballot, which can be dropped, with no postage required, into any mailbox or special ballot drop boxes located throughout San Mateo County.

More information can be obtained by calling 650.312.5222 or visiting www.smcacre.org or Twitter @smcvote.


The author of this article, Henrietta J. Burroughs, can be reached by email at epatoday@epatoday.org