The November 3, 2020 Presidential Election will be an All-Mailed Ballot election. What does that mean? It means that beginning, Monday, October 5, the San Mateo County Elections' Office will mail out ballots to all registered voters in the County. Your ballot will be sent to your registered mailing address and the measures and contests (school board, water district, etc) on your ballot will correspond with your home address. Included with your ballot will be a postage-paid envelope for you to send your completed ballot back to the County Elections' Office!
Vote by Mail Information
Included with your vote by mail ballot is the San Mateo County's three-step process to make sure your ballot counts. These instructions can also be found here
24/7 Outdoor Ballot Drop Boxes
There are three 24/7 Outdoor Ballot Drop Boxes for you to use in Burlingame. They will be regularly checked by the Elections Office and are the safest and easiest way to return your ballot to the County.
- Burlingame City Hall at 501 Primrose Road (on the Primrose side)
- Burlingame Parks and Recreation Portable at 1010 Burlingame Avenue
- Burlingame School District Office at 1825 Trousdale Drive
Vote by Mail Processing
Once you've dropped your ballot off in the mail, it goes through a very thorough process at the Elections Office. Here is the step by step process that Elections staff takes to make sure your ballot counts and that it accurately reflects your votes.
If you prefer to vote in person, early voting starts October 5. You can visit any Voting Center in the County. Here is a list of all the Voting Centers in the County and when they will be open: https://www.smcacre.org/VoteCenters.
Burlingame will have one Voting Center at Saint Paul's Church located at 415 El Camino Real. The Voting Center will be open beginning October 31 with the following hours:
- October 31-November 2: 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
- November 3 (Election Day): 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
(check your registration, register to vote, change your voter registration information)
To become a registered voter in the State of California you must meet the following requirements:
- Citizen of the United States
- Resident of California
- At least 18 years of age on or before Election Day
- Not in prison or on parole for the conviction of a felony
Need to register? It's easy! Go to: https://www.registertovote.ca.gov/
Do you need to change your voter registration information? Go to https://www.registertovote.ca.gov/ and re-register to vote.
What are the common reasons you would need to re-register in order to change your voter registration information?
- Recently moved to Burlingame? Re-register to vote to ensure that you receive your ballot, your voice is heard, and you are voting on the issues that impact your life.
- Moved across the street? Surprisingly, you may now be in a new jurisdiction and besides you don't want to count on your neighbor's kindness to drop your ballot off at your home so re-register to vote.
- Moving within your apartment building? Re-register to vote because while you aren't changing jurisdictions, you want to ensure that you receive your ballot in the mail.
- Changed your name? Re-register to vote to ensure that the County Elections' Office has your up-to date information
- Changing your Political Party Affiliation? You'll need to re-register to vote.