San Mateo County: Vote today to avoid lines, and it's not too late to register

San Mateo County: Lost your ballot? Not yet registered? You can still vote

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“Your pup chewed up your ballot? Don’t panic!”

Today, San Mateo County Elections Chief Mark Church issued that message to voters on Twitter. While Election Day is Tuesday, Church reminded residents there are opportunities to vote in the March 3 Presidential Primary both today and tomorrow, even if you lost your ballot or have not yet registered.

Although this is a vote-by-mail election, eligible voters can cast their ballot in person at one of 42 Vote Centers. They are open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. today, and from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Tuesday. The County website provides a useful map of all Vote Center locations along with live updated wait times at each. Also, the website includes ballot drop-off locations.

Not yet registered?

At Vote Centers, registered voters will be able to submit their ballots, obtain a replacement ballot or cast their votes digitally on a ballot marking tablet. For those who are not yet registered, you can still vote by visiting any of the Vote Centers. You will complete an affidavit of registration before receiving a conditional voter registration provisional ballot to vote. In such cases, the ballot will be counted after the Elections Office confirms your voter eligibility.

What you will be voting on.

Need to brush up on local issues? The County Elections Office provides information on six school district funding measures, as well as a measure aiming to recall a Foster City councilmember, here.

This election includes primary races for U.S. President and U.S. Representative in the 14th and 18th districts. Also, it features primary races for State Senator in the 11th and 13th districts and State Assembly in the 19th, 22nd and 24th districts. Moreover, the election includes San Mateo County Board of Supervisor races in the 1st, 4th and 5th districts.

The California Elections Office provides information on the lone state proposition on the ballot, Prop. 13, a public education construction bond measure.

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