Election and Voter Information

Register to Vote


Voter registration information is available through the San Mateo County Election website
  • California Voter Registration
  • The City Clerk’s Office provides voter registration forms during office hours: Monday through Friday, 8:00am - 5:00pm @ 330 W. 20th Ave, San Mateo, CA 94403.
  • We can assist you in locating your voting precinct on Election Day.

General Municipal Election


General Municipal Elections to elect council members are held in San Mateo on the first Tuesday after the first Monday in November of each odd-numbered year.

Qualifications for Office


A person must be a registered voter of the City of San Mateo and have resided continuously in San Mateo for at least thirty days immediately preceding the appointment or final filing date for nomination papers. Learn more about running for City Council.

Campaign Contributions


In 2017, the City Council adopted campaign contribution limits to City Candidate campaigns. Individual contributions cannot exceed $500 and organization contributions cannot exceed $1,000. Additionally, a candidate cannot personally make a loan to their campaign an amount which exceeds $15,000.

Elections - Role of the City Clerk


The City Clerk is responsible for the administration of all municipal elections by: