We’ve got new and improved video of Vote by Mail envelopes being sorted and processed by our super-speedy Pitney Bowes Relia-Vote system.
With the Feb. 5 Presidential Primary fast approaching, Vote by Mail envelopes are still arriving by the thousands at the Elections Office. About 60,000 have been returned so far. A big number, but with Relia-Vote, we can process 24,000 of them in an hour.
Read more in our previous blog post about the Pitney Bowes Relia-Vote system, which helps us process and sort Vote by Mail ballot envelopes and verify voter signatures.
And all of this reminds us of an important reminder for Vote by Mail voters:
We’ve mailed almost 158,000 Vote by Mail ballots for this election, which means only 38 percent of them have been returned to us. We’re expecting to get a whole lot more of them in the mail today, Monday and Tuesday. (Check out daily updates of Vote by Mail statistics on our new Scoreboard on the homepage of our Web site.)
Still, voters are still holding on to nearly 98,000 Vote by Mail ballots. Which is completely understandable. You’re probably still watching, reading and considering and we encourage you to take the time you need to make your choices. It’s an important election.
But know this: Without exception, your ballot must be received by 8 p.m. at the Elections Office on Feb. 5 if you want your vote to be counted. A postmark is not acceptable. If you haven’t dropped your ballot in the mail yet, assume it too late to do so.
Instead, to ensure your ballot received on time, drop it off in person at the Elections Office – at 40 Tower Road in San Mateo or 555 County Center in Redwood City – today during normal business hours, on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., on Monday during normal business hours, or on Election Day until 8 p.m.
If that doesn’t work for you, your ballot can be dropped off at any city hall in San Mateo County during normal business hours.
And if that doesn’t work for you, take your ballot to any polling place in San Mateo County on Election Day between 7 a.m. and 8 p.m. It doesn’t even have to be in your home precinct.
You can track whether your ballot has been mailed to you and whether your voted ballot has been received by the Elections Office using the Track & Confirm feature on Shape the Future.
Happy Vote by Mail voting!