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By Henrietta J. Burroughs                     Follow East Palo Alto Today on
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Are you registered to vote in the March 3, 2020 Presidential Primary Election? The deadline to register online or by mail was February 18, 2020. However, don’t despair, if you missed the February 18, 2020 voter registration deadline, you can “conditionally” register to vote and immediately receive a ballot at any county Vote Center.

As of February 29, 2020, East Palo Alto will have two Vote Centers: one in the City Room at the Lewis and Joan Platt East Palo Alto Family YMCA at 550 Bell Street and the second one at the Saint Francis of Assisi Church on 1425 Bay Road. To see the location of all forty two Vote Centers in San Mateo County, go online to https://www.smcacre.org/vote-center-locations.
 
According to Mark Church, Chief Elections Officer & Assessor-County Clerk-Recorder, “When a conditional ballot is cast, the Registration & Elections Division processes the registration, determines the individual’s eligibility to register, and validates the individual’s information. If the voter was indeed eligible to vote in San Mateo County, the registration becomes permanent, and the conditional ballot will be counted “

”Here are the voter eligibility requirements. To be eligible to register to vote, a person must be:
* a US. citizen
* at least 18 years old by Election Day
*not in prison or on parole for a felony conviction and
*not deemed by a court to be mentally incompetent to register to vote

Those 16 or 17 years old, can pre-register to vote. Those who are pre-registered will automatically become a registered voter on their eighteenth birthday. All registered voters can change their party affiliation through Election Day, without having to re-register or vote conditionally. But, voters who change their names, have cancelled or pending registrations, or are registering in San Mateo County for the first time must still vote a conditional ballot.

You can confirm your current registration status online at: www.smcvote.org by clicking the “my election info” button. While there, you can even see, under “Voter Registration,” the latest registration statistics, which are updated every two weeks.


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

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For more voting information see The Power of 2020 on Talking with Henrietta on YouTube at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lei8NASdYHw&feature=youtu.be




 

 

 


 

             

 

 

 

 

 




 


 


 

 



 

 

 


 



 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

     

 

 

 

   

 

 



 

 

 


 

 


 


 


          

 

 

 


 

 



 




 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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