Letter from the Director
Dear San Francisco Voter, September 13, 2016
Big Ballots Are Back
While we’ve experienced them before, and successfully met the challenges they bring, all of us must prepare again to handle and vote another large, multi-card ballot.
This election, voters living in the odd-numbered Supervisorial districts will receive five ballot cards. Voters living in the even-numbered Supervisorial districts have it a bit easier since they will receive four-card ballots.
At the back of this Big Book, known as the Voter Information Pamphlet, is a “Ballot Worksheet,” which provides space to write down your selections for each contest and measure.
We also provide a version of the Ballot Worksheet as a fillable PDF.
The reason the Ballot Worksheet is a good idea is big ballots mean that voters have many decisions to make. Organizing all of those decisions in one place before voting will make this ballot a bit easier to navigate—for your choices are many:
• Federal offices: President and Vice President, U.S. Senate, and House of Representatives
• State offices: State Assembly, State Senate
• Local offices: Superior Court, Board of Education, Community College Board, BART Board of Directors (districts 7 and 9), and Board of Supervisors (odd-numbered districts)
• Measures: 17 state measures, 22 local measures, and three district measures.
Online Voter Information Pamphlet
For the third election, the Department continues to provide digital versions of the Voter Information Pamphlet on sfelections.org in accessible HTML and open XML formats in English, Chinese, Spanish, and Filipino. The content is formatted for smart devices, which allows voters to review the Pamphlet at various times and places to best fit their schedules.
City Hall Voting Center:
Voting is available to all registered voters weekdays in City Hall beginning Tuesday, October 11 (because of the October 10 holiday), from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m.
Weekend voting in City Hall:
• October 29–30 and November 5–6, 10 a.m. through 4 p.m.
• For weekend voting, enter City Hall from Grove Street
Vote-by-Mail Ballot Drop-off Stations:
We will open the stations on the Goodlett (Polk) and Grove street sides of City Hall:
• The weekend before Election Day: November 5 and November 6, from 10 a.m. through 4 p.m.
• On Monday, November 7, from 8 a.m. through 5 p.m., and
On Election Day, Tuesday, November 8, from 7 a.m. through 8 p.m.
Polls open on Election Day, Tuesday, November 8, at 7 a.m. and close at 8 p.m.
Finally, the simple goal of voting both sides of the ballot cards gets more challenging with so many ballot cards, so it’s possible for one side to be overlooked and not voted—even more reason to utilize the Ballot Worksheet.
John Arntz, Director