Where and When to Vote
Vote at the City Hall Voting Center
Beginning October 9 through Election Day, any San Francisco voter may vote at the City Hall Voting Center, outside Room 48:
• Monday through Friday, October 9–November 5, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
• Saturday and Sunday, October 27–28 and November 3–4, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (enter on Grove Street or McAllister Street)
Election Day, Tuesday, November 6, from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Vote by Mail
Any voter may request a vote-by-mail ballot, for this election only or for all elections.
• If you always vote by mail, your ballot will be mailed in early October. If you have not received your ballot by October 12, please call.
• New service for voters with disabilities: The accessible vote-by-mail system is a ballot delivery option that allows voters with disabilities to access their ballot using any computer with internet access (see here).
• When you receive your ballot, carefully read and follow the instructions enclosed with it.
• There are three ways to return your ballot:
o Mail it to the Department of Elections. The return envelope must be postmarked by the U.S. postal service or date stamped by a delivery company before or on Election Day, Tuesday, November 6, AND received by the Department of Elections no later than Friday, November 9.
o Drop it off at a City Hall Drop-off Station.
o Drop it off at any San Francisco polling place on Election Day.
Find details in the Instructions enclosed with your ballot, or go to sfelections.org/vbm.
• To check the status of your vote-by-mail ballot at any time from when it is mailed until after it has been counted, go to sfelections.org/vbmstatus or call (866) 325-9163 toll free. If your ballot cannot be counted, this tool will tell you how to correct the issue before Election Day so that we can count your ballot.
• Starting October 23, you can watch the opening and processing of vote-by-mail ballots at the Department of Elections at sfelections.org/observe.
Avoid these issues to ensure that your ballot can be counted!
The most common reasons that vote-by-mail ballots cannot be counted are signature issues or late returns:
• The voter did not sign the return envelope.
• The voter’s signature on the return envelope does not compare to the voter’s signature in the Department of Elections records.
• The voter’s ballot was postmarked after Election Day or received later than three days after Election Day.
How to Request to Vote by Mail
If you want to vote by mail for the November 6 election, the Department of Elections must receive your request by October 30. There are several ways to request to vote by mail:
• Fill out and return the application on the back cover of the Voter Information Pamphlet.
• Go to sfelections.org/vbm.
• Call (415) 554-4375, or visit the Department of Elections in City Hall, Room 48.
• Mail, fax, or email a scanned request to the Department of Elections with your name, birth date, home address, the address where you want your ballot to be mailed, and your signature.
If you want to vote by mail for all elections, indicate that you wish to become a permanent vote-by-mail voter.
Vote at Your Polling Place on Election Day
• Where you live determines which contests and candidates appear on your ballot. To receive the ballot with the correct contests and candidates, vote at your assigned polling place.
• Check the address of your polling place on the back cover of Voter Information Pamphlet, or go to sfelections.org/pollsite.
• Polling places are open on Election Day, Tuesday, November 6, from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.