After hearing a robust community outreach campaign, the Council selected a final map for how the City will be split into five districts for future elections. View a PDF of the final map or explore the new districts in an interactive map below.
Voters in Districts 1, 3 and 5 will elect Council members in November 2022
Voters in Districts 2 and 4 will elect Council members in November 2024
Note: Council members who were elected prior to the transition to district elections will retain their seats as at-large Council members until their term expires.
The San Mateo City Council went through a robust community-engagement process in 2021 to transition to district elections. Residents will continue to be represented by the entire Council, however there are two primary changes in Council elections by district:
Voters will only vote for 1 Council member, instead of all 5
Future Council members must live in the district they represent
In May 2021, the City received a certified letter from attorney Scott J. Rafferty asserting that the City’s current at-large council member electoral system may violate the California Voting Rights Act (the “CVRA”) (Elections Code §§ 14025-14032) and stating that the City should voluntarily change to a district-based election system for electing City Council Members. The City underwent a months-long community engagement initiative to create the new District Elections Map, which was officially adopted in November 2021.