“How-to” Seminars for Potential Candidates Set for July 26th

South San Francisco, CA   July 14, 2018 Submitted by Mayor Liza Normandy (originated SMC)

Contact: Mark Church, Chief Elections Officer & Assessor-County Clerk-Recorder
Alternate: Jim Irizarry, Assistant Chief Elections Officer & Assessor-County Clerk-Recorder

(Redwood City, CA) Interested in running for public office?  The San Mateo County Registration & Elections Division is offering two seminars for potential candidates interested in running for office in the upcoming November 6, 2018 Statewide General Election.

“These seminars are intended to familiarize those interested in running for office with the information and forms needed for the candidate filing process,” said Mark Church, Chief Elections and Assessor-County Clerk-Recorder.  “The candidate filing process is simple and straightforward.  I encourage anyone interested in serving their community to run for office and attend the seminars,” added Church.

All seminars will take place at the Registration & Elections Division, 40 Tower Road in San Mateo.

The Candidate Seminar will cover such areas as:

  • Important deadlines
  • Candidate statements
  • Campaign finance reports
  • Voter registration guidelines
  • Requirements for campaign signs

The Voter Data Seminar will focus on providing information to candidates and campaigns on how to obtain registered voter data reports and related information.

The following are the dates and times for these two seminars:

Candidate Seminars (choose one session):

  • Wednesday, July 11, 2018: 10 a.m. or
  • Thursday, July 26, 2018: 2 p.m.

Voter Data Seminars (choose one session):

  • Wednesday, July 11, 2018: 11:30 a.m. or
  • Thursday, July 26, 2018: 3:30 p.m.

An RSVP is encouraged, but not required.  Reply online or contact Michelle Yue, Candidate Filing Officer, at 650.312.5293 or myue@smcacre.org to reserve a seat.  Attendees are asked to provide their name, which seminar date they plan to attend and the number of persons attending.  All seminars are open to the public.

New Election Model for November 6, 2018
All potential candidates should be aware that the November 6, 2018 Statewide General Election will be conducted as an All-Mail Ballot/Vote Center Election under the authority of the California Voter’s Choice Act (VCA).  Every registered voter will receive a Vote-by-Mail Ballot 29 days before the election with a pre-paid postage envelope.  Vote Centers will replace traditional Polling Places allowing voters to cast their ballots on an eSlate voting machine, a Disabled Access Unit (DAU) or a paper ballot.

Voters will also be able to register to vote, update their voter information files, obtain replacement ballots, or drop-off their voted ballots at Vote Centers.  Ballot Drop-Off Box Locations will be strategically placed throughout the county during the 29-day early voting period to provide ease and convenience to voters who wish to drop off their ballots.

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