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November 8, 2016 Election

The Presidential General Election is scheduled for this November 8, 2016. Below is information about voter registration, election timelines and other important information you need to know to get out and vote. 

To follow Atherton's 2016 Election visit the Town's Election webpage. For questions pertaining to the election, running for office, election timeframes and important dates please contact me anytime:

Theresa DellaSanta

Remember to Vote. Vote Early. Your vote counts!


Voter Registration

Who may register to vote?
-You may register to vote if you are:
-A US citizen
-A resident of California
                                                   -At least 18 years of age on or before the next election
                                                   -Not in prison or on parole for a felony conviction
                                                   -Not declared mentally incompetent by court action
How do I register to vote?
You may fill out a Voter Registration Form available at all post offices, city halls, most public libraries, Department of Motor Vehicles and most governmental agencies. Once you sign the form, just drop it in the mail. Postage is pre-paid.
The Secretary of State's website enables you to fill out a registration form online. The online form uses your signature on file with the DMV. If you have no DMV signature, you may print out the form and mail it in.
When must I re-register to vote?
If you move, change your name or wish to change your political party affiliation, you must re-register to vote.
Must I register with a specific party?
No. California law states that an individual may select the "No Party Preference" when registering to vote.
Can I change my political party affiliation?
Yes. If you wish to change your political party affiliation you must re-register at least 15 days prior to an election.

For more FAQs about voter registrations visit
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Candidate Election

The candidate nomination period opens next Monday, July 18 at 8:00 a.m. Candidates will have until Friday, August 12, 2016 to return their nomination forms to the City Clerk. The City Clerks office will only accept nomination forms that have at least 30 signatures. All signatures are verified and confirmed by the County.

If you are considering a run for office it is highly recommended that you attend the candidate and data seminar held by the County of San Mateo Elections Department. You can sign up for the seminars by clicking here. The seminars are held on the following dates:

Candidate Seminars

Wednesday, July 13, 2016: 2:00 p.m. at 40 Tower Road, San Mateo
Thursday, July 21, 2016: 10:00 a.m. at 40 Tower Road, San Mateo

Data Seminars
Wednesday, July 13, 2016: 3:30 p.m. at 40 Tower Road, San Mateo
Thursday, July 21, 2016: 11:30 a.m. at 40 Tower Road, San Mateo

Candidate qualifications and filing requirements are specific to each elective office. For general information regarding candidate qualifications, filing requirements, filing periods, campaign statement/financial disclosure reporting, contact the City Clerk at 650-752-0529.

Additionally, the County intends to post a detailed and informative Candidates Guide to their website in the next few days. Please contact me for a copy.

To follow Atherton's election visit the Town's Election webpage.
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Polling Places and Voter Registration

Polling places may differ from election to election so you should check with the San Mateo County Election Division if you are unsure where to vote for a particular election. The County provides the City Clerk Department with a precinct and polling place list for each regular city election a few days before each election.

The last day to register to vote for the November 8, 2016 Election is October 24, 2016.

You can check with the San Mateo County Election Division on your voter registration status or look up your polling place for the upcoming election. You may also register to vote online.

For questions, comments and information contact me anytime:

Theresa DellaSanta
City Clerk

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