How to VOTE

November Election: Vote-by-mail Ballots

In California, due to the COVID-19 pandemic:

All registered voters will be sent a vote-by-mail ballot for the November 3, 2020 General Election. Registered voters do not have to apply for a vote-by-mail ballot for this election.
  1. Fill out your ballot.
  2. After you have voted, insert your ballot in the envelope provided, making sure you complete all required information on the envelope.
  3. You may return your voted ballot by mail, in person, or to a drop box.
    • If you are returning your ballot by mail, it must be postmarked on or before Election Day and received by your county elections office no later than 17 days after Election Day.
    • You can also return your ballot in person by dropping it in a Ballot Drop Box at a Local Vote Center Location. It must be delivered no later than the close of polls at 8:00 p.m. on November 3rd.
    • This year’s Vote Center Locations will be at:
        • 30-Day: October 5 – November 3 — Main Library, 840 West Orange Avenue, SSF
        • 4-Day: October 31 – November 3 — Joseph A. Fernekes Recreation Building, 781 Tennis Drive, SSF
        • 4-Day: October 31 – November 3 — SSF Conference Center, Oyster Point Room, 255 South Airport Boulevard, SSF
    • This year’s 24-Hour Outdoor Ballot Drop Box Locations will be at:
        • 400 Grand Avenue, South San Francisco
        • 840 West Orange Avenue, South San Francisco
    • You may also vote in-person at any local Vote Center Location.
    • If you need to request a replacement ballot, you can do so at any Vote Center Location (listed above).
    • If you are a CA resident away for college, double check to make sure your mail-in ballot is being sent to the correct mailing address (and not your residential address).
    • If you are a CA resident living abroad, fill out a Federal Post Card Application.
    • Anyone may return your ballot for you, as long as they do not get paid on a per ballot basis. In order for your ballot to be counted, you must fill out the authorization section found on the outside of your ballot envelope.
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Register to vote

You’re eligible to register in California if you are: 
Register or check your status at

To register, you will need basic information about yourself, including an SSN or CA Driver’s License/ID Card Number.

If you’ve changed your home address since you last registered or were previously on parole, you will have to register again. 

The Registration Deadline in California is October 19, 2020. 

Note: Over 16 and under 18? Pre-register to vote at and you’ll be ready to vote at 18.)

Same Day Registration

If you’re unable to register before October 19th, you can still register at any open polling place in San Mateo County between October 5th and the day of the election, November 3rd.

You can find more info about vote center hours at

Check your Council District

If you live in District 4, then you can vote for James!

District 4 encompasses the Buri Buri, Brentwood, Avalon, Serra Highlands, and Winston Manor neighborhoods.

The city has a tool to help find your district at SSF Election Districts Lookup.

To determine your district, you may:

  • Type your address in the search box
  • Manually look for your address in the map