Elections and Voting

Clerk-Recorder services related to elections and voting are listed here

Assistance for Voters with Special Needs

San Luis Obispo County offers voters with disabilities options that provide for a private and independent voting environment. The San Luis Obispo County Clerk-Recorder wants to help you create a voting method that works for you. See your options below.

  • Vote by Mail: You ballot has automatically been sent to you. Keep safe and return your ballot by mail, drop box, or Voter Service Center.
  • Voting at a Voter Service Center: You can go to any Voter Service Center from October 31 to November 3. The locations can be found on our website.
  • Accessible ballot-marking machines (ICX) are available at every Voter Service Center for four days of voting and at the County Clerk-Recorder office 29 days prior to the election for early voting.
  • Curbside voting: If you arrive at a Voter Service Center and cannot get to the voting area, ask for assistance.
  • Accessible Voter Information Guide on the Web: Sample Ballot and Voter Information Guides are available on the Clerk-Recorder’s website with the use of personal accessible navigational tools and screen reader technology. Use our Voting Precinct Lookup to access.

Remote Accessible Vote by Mail

A new voting experience can be provided by the elections staff for all Vote By Mail voters, including those with disabilities by using web-based tools on a personal computer, printer, and one’s personal assistive device(s) (screen readers, tactile switches, closed captioning, sip and puff system, etc.) to access and mark one’s ballot, then returning it by mail to the Elections Office.

Contact the Elections office for information at 805-781-5228

Other Assistance for Visually, Hearing or Speech Impaired:
The Secretary of State’s Office has a TDD (Telecommunications Device for the Deaf) to provide elections information: 1-800-833-8683 (1-800-TDD-VOTE). Large print format of the state ballot measures continues to be available.

Ballot Initiative Qualification

This service provides information for qualifying an initiative to go to election and placing a measure on the ballot. 

Campaign Finance Disclosures Filing

This service provides access to the online portal used to file campaign finance disclosures. County Ordinance No. 3261 requires electronic filing of campaign disclosure documents for all candidates and committees. Treasurers must use the NetFile Filer login link to file campaign finance disclosures (Fair Political Practices Commission Forms 410, 460, 496, 497, 461, and 465). These documents are public and may be audited by the Fair Political Practices Commission (FPPC) and California Franchise Tax Board to ensure that voters are fully informed and improper practices prohibited. It is the responsibility of candidates and committees to understand the rules regulating their campaigns in California.

Campaign Finance Reports and Information Search

The California Political Reform Act requires candidates and committees to file campaign statements by specified deadlines disclosing contributions received and expenditures made. These documents are public and may be viewed using the Campaign Finance Disclosure Public Portal. The filings available online are redacted. Please contact the Clerk-Recorder office for unredacted versions.

Please note that this portal is not managed or maintained by the County of San Luis Obispo. It is managed and maintained by a third-party company that hosts campaign disclosure forms, documents and statements for local California governments. But if you need assistance, please contact the County Clerk-Recorder’s Office.

Current Elections

This service provides information on current election(s) being conducted by the County of San Luis Obispo.

Current Officeholders Information

This service provides a list of current Countywide officeholders, term lengths, and term expiration dates.

Current Recall Efforts

Information regarding current recall efforts is posted here for San Luis Obispo county voters' information

Elections Conducted by County of San Luis Obispo

This service provides election results, documents, and information related to elections conducted by the County of San Luis Obispo. Please see Past Elections if you are looking for election results not shown here.

Summary reports of final official election results dating back to March 2000 are available online. Older results may be obtained from the Clerk-Recorder office.

Election Observer / Poll Watcher

This service provides information about poll watcher rules when observing procedures at polling places or the central counting location. See the Poll Watcher Guide for details.

Election Video Resources

The following are educational video resources regarding election processes. Click on any of the images below to watch a detailed video about the subject. 

Past Elections

This service provides election results, documents, and information related to past elections conducted by the County of San Luis Obispo. Summary reports of final official election results dating back to March 2000 are available online. Older results may be obtained from the Clerk-Recorder office.

Polling Place Lookup

This service allows you to look up the polling place (voting location) based on a voter's residence address in San Luis Obispo County. The polling place lookup provides the polling place name, address, sample ballot booklet, audio enabled sample ballot, accessibility details, and map location.

Precinct Maps

This service provides access to the precinct mapping information maintained by the Clerk-Recorder office for election purposes. Geographical information systems (GIS) technology has been used to maintain precinct boundaries and map printing. Use of data maintained by various county departments and agencies (Public Works, Assessor, Planning & Building, Cities, LAFCO, the Citizens Redistricting Commission, and the Census Bureau) and GIS technology when drawing precinct boundary lines results in more accurate and up-to-date maps.

Precinct Workers

The staff at the Clerk-Recorder office works hundreds of extra hours to prepare for each election, but on election morning, the process is turned over to precinct workers to administer. We need qualified personnel to serve voters who go to the polls on Election Day. Specific examples of what you will be doing include:

  • Before Election Day, attend training & pick up your supplies
  • Election Day, arrive at 6:00AM to set up
  • Assist voters when signing in
  • Issue ballots to voters and accept ballots from vote-by-mail voters
  • Close the polls
  • Account for ballots & pack up supplies
  • Deliver the voted ballots & supplies to a central collection point

While most group members admit it is a more complicated process than they first imagined, they have also expressed a great satisfaction at contributing to an important piece of American democracy.

Click here for more information on Precinct Worker Programs

Recall an Elected Official

This service provides information on how to remove an elective officer (elected official) from office.

Redistricting Information

For the most up-to-date information about current Redistricting efforts, to submit public comments, and to sign up for Redistricting updates, please visit the Administrative Office's Redistricting Page. Information below is in relation to the previous Redistricting efforts.

This service provides information regarding the most recent San Luis Obispo County redistricting process. Redistricting is the redrawing or adjusting of district lines to ensure that legislative representation is fair and balanced. It is done every ten (10) years, after the census data is compiled, to account for population shifts and growth over the last decade. The purpose is to bring districts back into compliance with the one-person one-vote mandate of the Federal and State constitutions.

Running for Public Office

This service provides information on how an individual may run for public office. A candidate information booklet is published specific to each election. Candidate information booklets for recent elections and declarations regarding qualifications to run for office are available in the Reference section.

Upcoming Elections

This service provides upcoming election information.

Vote-By-Mail

This service provides information about voting by mail, applying to vote by mail for a single election, and applying for permanent vote by mail status.

Voter Information Data File

This service provides information on requesting and purchasing voter and election information data.

Voter Language Assistance

As required by new legislation, the County of San Luis Obispo offers facsimile ballots in the following languages:

Voter Registration

This service allows you to look up your voter registration status, register to vote, update your voter registration, or view information regarding voter registration.

Voter Registration Certified Copies

This service provides information on requesting a certified copy of your voting registration record.

Voter Registration Reports

This service allows you to view current voter registration numbers by State reporting district (updated weekly), and the Official Report of Voter Registration as required by and reported to California Secretary of State.

Voter Status Lookup

This service allows you to look up your voter registration status using the online Voter Status Lookup. Information provided includes:

  • Registered city
  • Registered political party
  • Voter registration status (e.g. pending, active, inactive)
  • Vote-by-Mail status
  • Vote-by-Mail information for most recent election (if applicable)
  • List of districts in which your residence is located

You must have a California driver’s license or California ID number on file in our system to access your voter registration status. If you cannot view your voter status, contact the Elections Office at [email protected] or call 805-781-5228 and we will assist you.

Voting - Military and Overseas Citizens

This service provides information about voting as provided by the Uniformed and Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting Act (UOCAVA) and allows eligible voters to register to vote and request a vote-by-mail ballot as provided by the act.

Voting Precinct Lookup

This service allows you to look up the consolidated voting precinct for a voter's residence address in San Luis Obispo County. The search results provide the voter information guide / sample ballot, Spanish facsimile ballot, Tagalog facsimile ballot (if applicable), and accessible sample ballot (screen reader compatible) corresponding to the address entered.

Where to Vote

This service allows you to see voting location options around the County, for dropping off a vote-by-mail ballot, or where you can vote in person at Voter Service Centers.

Explore voting locations on Google maps, or view lists by region:
  • North Coast
  • North County
  • San Luis Obispo
  • South County

Where's My Ballot? - Ballot Tracking

Where's My Ballot

San Luis Obispo County voters can subscribe to receive automated alerts regarding the status of their ballot. Where's My Ballot? allows voters to determine how they want to be notified and provides updates on when ballots are mailed, received, counted, and if there are any issues.