South San Mateo County

South San Mateo County

Atherton • East Palo Alto • Menlo Park • Portola Valley 
Redwood City • Woodside

Be Informed   •  Be Active  •  Be Democracy in Action


The League of Women Voters encourages informed and active participation in government. We work to increase the understanding of major public policy issues and work to influence public policy through education and advocacy.  We never support or oppose candidates or political parties.

Our League's Primary Community Efforts

  • Registering voters
  • Moderating local
    candidate forums and debates
  • Conducting state proposition presentations
  • Providing voters with Election Voter Guides

 Empowering the Future - LWVSSMC Takes Action to Grow

Four years ago a group of long-time Leaguers came together to examine the status of our local League and develop a plan to revitalize our organization. Our main concerns were steadily declining membership and lack of new leadership. We organized an ad hoc membership committee and decided to apply for consulting help from the Stanford Graduate School of Business Alumni Relations Department. We were fortunate enough to have our application accepted. 
A four-person Alumni Consulting Team led by Rick Warp (LWVSSMC Treasurer) developed a set of recommendations that we have spent the last three years implementing. We are excited to bring this report to each of you to make you aware of how much we've accomplished in those three years.

PDF iconThe result of our effort is outlined in this final report.

Vote 2020 


Important Dates

February 3, 2020 
Mail-in Ballots sent
March 3, 2020
California Primary
November 3, 2020
Presidential Election
Vote Now! Mail in Your Ballot or 
Find Your Official Ballot Drop Off Box

The LWVSSMC Voter Outreach Team is gearing up for an energetic and engaging Election Year 2020. From now until the November 2020 our Team will be assisting community residents to:

  • Register to Vote
  • Update Your Voter Records
  • Provide General Election Information
  • Provide 2020 Census Information

Upcoming Voter Registration Events

If you, a family member, a relative, or a friend needs assistance with voter registration, 
please stop by one of the following locations.

In Redwood City

Redwood City Main Library - 1044 Middlefield, Redwood City

  • Saturday, February 15, 2020 --- 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
    Special Note: 12 pm-1pm - 
    Voter Information Presentation - “Voting in the Primary, What You Need to Know” and “California Ballot Measures, What Do They Mean?” Library’s Fireplace Room 

Sequoia YMCA - 1445 Hudson St, Redwood City

  • Tuesday, February 18, 2020 --- 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
  • Tuesday, February 25, 2020 --- 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
  • Saturday, February 29, 2020 --- 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Fair Oaks Community Center - 2600 Middlefield Road, Redwood City

  • Thursday, February 13, 2020 --- 4:30 pm - 8:00 pm
    Special Note: At 7:00 pm a Citizenship Class will be presented by the Immigration Institute of the Bay Area
  • Thursday, February 20, 2020 --- 4:00 pm - 8:00 pm
  • Saturday, February 22, 2020 --- 10:00 am - 2:30 pm
  • Thursday, February 27, 2020 --- 4:00 pm - 8:00 pm


In East Palo Alto

  • Saturday, February 22, 2020 --- TBA


2020 Census - Everyone Counts!

2020 Census Timeline 

  • March 12-20 -- Post card sent to each household with instructions on how to complete the 2020 Census on-line
  • March 16 - April 3 -- Reminder letters & postcards are sent to each household to complete 2020 Census on-line or request a paper form
  • April 1 - Census Day
  • April 8 - 27 -- If household has not completed 2020 Census on-line, a paper form will be sent
  • May 1 -- If household has not completed 2020 Census on-line or in paper form, an in-person 
    interview will occur 

Learn More About the Census


From our Climate Change Adaptation Committee


Adapting to Sea Level Rise:  The Bay Area Starts New Projects

The Bay Area will start seeing communities build structures to help protect them from rising ocean levels.

Read More


Urgent Call for Volunteers!

Our League is looking for volunteers in IT Support, Audio Visual, and LWV 100th Anniversary planning. These are back-up /apprentice type positions where you would be learning and shadowing for a time. These positions do not have set time frames for service.

For more information, check out LWVSSMC Volunteer 



LWV Wins Redistricting Litigation in Battleground States

Last week, a federal district court in Ohio ruled in favor of the League of Women Voters of Ohio, invalidating the 2011 redistricting maps. Read more about this win in the LWV press release - fair congressional district maps. The week prior, another federal district court ruled in favor of LWV Michigan by invalidating the congressional and state legislative redistricting plans in Michigan. Ultimately, both cases were egregious attempts to disenfranchise voters, but LWV is winning in court 5:1, and this is all due to the amazing work Leagues are doing across the country.


Voters Protected Against Illegal Voter Purge in Texas

The League of Women Voters of Texas and other civil rights groups reached a settlement with Texas state officials last month to end the discriminatory purging of the state’s voter rolls. The settled lawsuit was raised in opposition to a purge effort in January that was based on a flawed list of possible non-U.S. citizens. The purge included thousands of naturalized citizens who were eligible to vote. Read press release - Texas purge ended.

Upcoming Events

Event Date: 
Mar 14 2020 - 9:30am
Event location: 

Woodside Village Church

South San Mateo County and North & Central San Mateo County
Annual Joint Meeting

Climate Change & Adaptation in San Mateo County 

Event Date: 
Mar 5 2020 - 7:00pm
Event location: 

Congregation Beth Am


Asm. Marc Berman and Census Outreach Specialist Melissa Vergara

Event Date: 
Mar 31 2020 - 8:00am
Event location: 

College of San Mateo

Addressing the impacts of climate change is a top priority in San Mateo County, where our challenges are uniquely shore to shore, with coastal erosion on the ocean side, rising waters on the bayside, and intensifying storms in bet