2016 General Election Information

Menlo Park holds its regular municipal elections on the first Tuesday of November in even-numbered years. Due to the City Council's staggered 4-year terms, at each regular election voters will elect two or three City Councilmembers (who serve four-year terms). In 2014, voters filled three open seats and in 2016, two seats become open. In addition to electing local and statewide representatives, voters are usually presented statewide ballot issues, and occasionally, local regional or municipal ballot measures.

Voter registration 

Learn more about voter registration requirements and how to register online.

Voting options 

Learn your voting options and the several ways by which you can cast your vote in the coming election. 

Important dates 

September 29 - October 18, 2016
The San Mateo County Sample Ballot & Official Voter Information Pamphlet and the State Voter Information Guide will be mailed to each voter who is registered at least 29 days prior to the election.

October 24, 2016
Voter registration closes for the November 8, 2016, Presidential General Election. Voters must register by this date to be eligible to vote in this election. Voter registration forms postmarked prior to or with this date are accepted.

October 10 – November 1, 2016
Between these dates, any registered voter may request a Vote by Mail Ballot. Any requests received prior to October 10 will be kept until this period and then processed.

November 8, 2016
Election Day - Polls open at 7:00 a.m. and close at 8:00 p.m. Your polling location is found on your sample ballot. You may also look up your polling location on the SmartVoter website.

Election FAQ's

Check out the San Mateo County Elections Office's frequently asked questions.
For more election information, visit the San Mateo County Elections Office website.

Election workers

The San Mateo County Elections Office is still in need of 300-400 election workers. Visit the Elections Officers Opportunities webpage if you or anyone you know is interested in working.