Election and Voter Information

General Municipal Election

General Municipal Elections to elect council members are held on the first Tuesday after the first Monday in November of each even-numbered year. The next scheduled election year is 2020.

Current Election – November 3, 2020

The Town of Colma will hold its next regularly-scheduled municipal election on Tuesday, November 3, 2020, which coincides with the Presidential Election. Three Council seats are up for election this year. If you are interested in running for office, please contact the City Clerk at 650.997.8300 or ccorley@colma.ca.gov with questions or to schedule an appointment.

Information regarding current candidates for City Council is available on the Candidate Roster on San Mateo County’s Elections website.

Qualifications for Office

Government Code Section 36502(a) states that a City Council Member must be an elector of the Town at the time of assuming office and a registered voter of the Town at the time nomination papers are issued to the candidate. Persons residing in the unincorporated area of San Mateo County are not eligible to run for office in Colma. The City Clerk will verify voter registration and residency.

Pulling Nomination Papers

The nomination period opens at 8:00 a.m. on Monday, July 13, 2020 and closes at 5:00 p.m. on Friday, August 7, 2020. The candidate must complete and return all required nomination documents by the filing deadline. Candidates are encouraged to obtain and file nomination documents early in the process so that the City Clerk has the opportunity to review them with the candidate and to give the candidate an opportunity to correct any errors or omissions. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic appointments, Town Hall is closed to the public, therefore appointment are required to pull nomination papers. A candidate should allow a minimum of 30 minutes for an appointment, which will be conducted with masks and social distancing protocols. To schedule an appointment please contact City Clerk Caitlin Corley at ccorley@colma.ca.gov or 650.997.8311.

Nomination papers must be obtained and returned during deadlines either established by law and during normal business hours. Town Hall business hours are Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

If an incumbent fails to submit a nomination paper and all other required nomination documents by the deadline or fails to qualify by the deadline, the nomination period is extended to 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, August 12, 2020, for all candidates, with the exception of incumbents. A candidate may withdraw his or her nomination documents and remove his or her name from the ballot up until the close of the nomination period.

Register to Vote

Voter registration information is available through the San Mateo County Elections website. You may register to vote: California Voter Registration. To receive a hardcopy voter registration form, please contact the City Clerk at 650.997.8300 or ccorley@colma.ca.gov.

Online pre-registration is now available for eligible 16 and 17-year olds. California youth who pre-register to vote will have their registration become active once they turn 18 years old. More information can be found here.

Voters Choice Act and Changes to the Way We Cast Our Ballots

The Voters Choice Act changes how we cast our ballots in November of 2020. The Act is in place for all election cycles through 2024.

San Mateo County is one of several counties authorized by the State to conduct elections under the California Voter’s Choice Act (VCA). The VCA changed the traditional polling place election model to an All-Mailed Ballot/Vote Center model with ballot drop-off locations. Under this model, voters are able to cast their ballots by mail, drop off voted ballots into a secure Ballot Drop-off Box, or vote in person at a Vote Center. The VCA also includes a provision for same day voter registration. In the past, voters were required to register or re-register 15 days before an election in order to cast a ballot. Under this new legislation, unregistered voters are able to go to a Vote Center on election day, fill out a Voter Registration Form, and cast a provisional ballot. Once the voter’s eligibility is verified, the provisional ballot was counted.

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