Voting Options for the November 8 Consolidated General Election

Department of Elections
City and County of San Francisco
John Arntz, Director

For Immediate Release
SAN FRANCISCO, Monday, October 31, 2016 – The Department of Elections reminds San Francisco voters of their many options for casting their vote in the November 8 Election.

Voting at the City Hall Voting Center
Anyone registered to vote in San Francisco can cast a ballot at the Voting Center prior to or on Election Day.  The Department encourages voters to take advantage of early voting to avoid possible Election Day lines.

The Voting Center is open during these hours:

  • Weekdays through November 7, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • This weekend, November 5–6, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (enter via Grove Street on weekends)
  • Election Day, Tuesday, November 8, from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Returning a vote-by-mail ballot by mail
Voters who plan to mail their ballots are reminded that, by law, ballot envelopes must be postmarked, or date stamped by a delivery company, before or on Election Day, Tuesday, November 8, and received by the Department no later than Monday, November 14, in order for the ballots to be counted.

If returning the ballot on Election Day by using a blue USPS mailbox, voters should check the noted collection time to ensure the ballot is not too late for that day’s pick-up; a ballot mailed after the pick-up time will likely be postmarked the next day. On Election Day, voters can also take the ballot to a local post office and confirm with the counter representative that the ballot will be postmarked that day.

Anyone uncertain about whether his or her mailed ballot will reach the Department in time is encouraged to instead bring the ballot to the City Hall Voting Center, the Department’s Ballot Drop-Off Stations, or any San Francisco polling place.

Returning a vote-by-mail ballot in person
Voters can bring their signed and sealed ballot envelopes to the Department’s Ballot Drop-Off Stations outside two City Hall entrances: the main entrance at Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place (Polk Street) and the Grove Street entrance. The Drop-Off Stations will be open during these hours:

  • This weekend, November 5–6, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Monday, November 7, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Election Day, Tuesday, November 8, 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.

As always, voters may drop off their vote-by-mail ballots at any polling place in San Francisco between 7 a.m. and 8 p.m. on Election Day, Tuesday, November 8.

Voting at a polling place
Polling places are open on Election Day, Tuesday, November 8, from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Voters can check the address of their polling place at sfelections.org/pollsite, on the back cover of their Voter Information Pamphlet, by calling (415) 554-4375 or visiting the Department’s office.

For more information about the November 8 election, visit sfelections.org or call the Department of Elections at (415) 554-4375.

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Department of Elections
City and County of San Francisco
1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place,
City Hall, Room 48
San Francisco, CA 94102
(415) 554-4375
Sfelections.org

Results Reporting Schedule for the November 8, 2016 Election

Department of Elections
City and County of San Francisco
John Arntz, Director

For Immediate Release
SAN FRANCISCO, Saturday, October 29, 2016 – The Department of Elections will report preliminary and final election results for the November 8 election according to the schedule below. The Department will provide SHA-512 hash values for all preliminary and final results reports.

A sample “zero” summary report posted at sfelections.org/results/20161108 includes a navigation path to webpages that will display the preliminary results posted on and after Election Night, and the final results posted after the election is certified.

Reporting Preliminary Results after the Polls Close on Election Night
The Department will release the first preliminary summary report of election results at approximately 8:45 p.m. This report will provide the results from the vote-by-mail ballots processed before Election Day.

At approximately 9:45 p.m., the Department will release a second summary report of results that includes votes cast at the polling places. At approximately 10:45 p.m. the Department intends to issue a third summary results report. After all polling places have reported, the Department will release a final summary report.

During the first and last reports on Election Night, and at 4 p.m. on any day after that during which ballots are counted, the Department will release the following preliminary reports for ranked-choice voting contests, including those contests for which there are majority leaders:

  • Statement of the Vote, showing a precinct-by-precinct breakdown of votes cast at polling places and by mail, including neighborhood and district breakdowns in the following formats:
  • PDF
  • Excel
  • TSV (tab-separated values)
  • Raw text
  • Neighborhood Turnout Report
  • Precinct Turnout Report
  • Precinct Turnout Map

In accordance with state election law, the Department cannot release election results if voting continues at San Francisco polling places. Lines of voters will likely exist at many polling places at 8 p.m. and the Department will wait until the voters in these lines have completed voting before reporting election results.

If voting continues at some polling places at the time the Department is expected to release the first preliminary results report, the Department will post a notice on sfelections.org informing the public that results will be provided as soon as voters in line at the time the polls close at 8 p.m. have completed voting.

On Election Night, preliminary results will be available from the following sources:

  • sfelections.org – all results reports will be posted on the Department’s website and a link to statewide results on the Secretary of State’s website will be provided
  • San Francisco Government Television – SFGTV, Channel 26, will report summary results throughout the night as a banner during SFGTV programming
  • City Hall, North Light Court – a large screen will display SFGTV programming that will show summary results; printed copies of the summary results reports will be available at approximately 8:45 p.m., with updates available at approximately 9:45 p.m., 10:45 p.m., and 11:30 p.m.
  • Department of Elections, City Hall, Room 48 – printed copies of results reports will be available at the Department’s front counter (due to their length, the preliminary Statement of the Vote will not be printed).
  • On Twitter @sfelections and Facebook.com/sfelections

Reporting Preliminary Results after Election Day
The Department will release updated results reports at 4 p.m. on every day on which it counts ballots. On any days during which no ballots are counted, the Department will post a notice on sfelections.org stating that no update will be issued.

Reporting Final Election Results
The Department will release final election results no later than December 6, the end of the canvass period.

The Department will post the final results on sfelections.org and outside the Department’s office, City Hall, Room 48, as well as issue a press release and post information on social media.

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Department of Elections
City and County of San Francisco
1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place,
City Hall, Room 48
San Francisco, CA 94102
(415) 554-4375
Sfelections.org

Requesting a Replacement Ballot for the November 8 Election

Department of Elections
City and County of San Francisco
John Arntz, Director

For Immediate Release
SAN FRANCISCO, Friday, October 28, 2016 – The Department of Elections provides various options to request a replacement ballot if the voter has lost or spoiled the ballot, or has not received the ballot in the mail as requested.

If a voter has lost, damaged, or made a mistake while marking the ballot, or, a voter has not received the ballot within three business days after the Department delivered the ballot to the post office, as shown in step 4 of the Vote-by-Mail Ballot Status Lookup Tool, the voter is urged to use the tool’s “Replacement Ballot Request” feature. Voters can also contact the Department to request that a replacement ballot request form be sent to them.

Although there is no deadline to request a replacement ballot, the Department urges voters to submit requests as soon as possible to allow for timely receipt and return of their replacement ballots.

The Department will mail replacement ballots through Wednesday, November 2. After that, voters can obtain a replacement ballot at the City Hall Voting Center anytime through 8 p.m. on Election Day, Tuesday, November 8.

Voters also can replace their vote-by-mail ballots and vote at their designated polling place on Election Day, Tuesday, November 8. A voter can bring his or her complete vote-by-mail ballot packet, including the return envelope and all ballot cards, and surrender it to a poll worker. A poll worker will then issue a regular precinct ballot to the voter. If a voter does not have a vote-by-mail ballot packet to surrender, the poll worker will issue a provisional ballot. After Election Day, Department staff will review all provisional ballots received from the polls. If a voter is determined to be eligible and has not cast another ballot, the provisional ballot will be counted.

If a vote-by-mail voter goes to a polling place other than the one assigned to voters who live in his or her precinct, the voter’s name will not be printed in the Roster of Voters. In this situation, a poll worker will offer to redirect the voter to his or her assigned polling place, based on the voter’s home address. If the voter declines redirection, the poll worker will issue a provisional ballot, which might not include all of the contests for which the voter is entitled to vote.

Voters with questions about voting or returning their ballots can call the Department of Elections at (415) 554-4375, write to sfvote@sfgov.org, or visit the Department’s office in City Hall, Room 48.

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Department of Elections
City and County of San Francisco
1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place
City Hall, Room 48
San Francisco, CA 94102
(415) 554-4375
sfelections.org

Jane Kim Campaign Releases “Not Hip to Evict” Response Ad After Corporate Candidate Scott Weiner’s Backers Dance to “Hip to be Square”

San Francisco, CA – Today, Supervisor Jane Kim’s campaign for State Senate launched a rapid response to the “Hip to be Square” video launched by corporate candidate Scott Wiener’s tech and real estate backers. Today’s political ad, which uses the 1980s bar tune of the same name, tries to re-brand the landlord-backed candidate as a “hip dude.”

Christopher Vasquez, Jane Kim’s campaign manager, said simply, “It’s not hip to evict, Scott.”

Vasquez continued, “This new ad by Wiener’s corporate backers is brought to you by the same team that helped a tech billionaire try to buy the city government.”

It is a very expensive production featuring the catchy 80s Bar Tune “Hip to be Square” and it was produced by the same people who a few years ago had tech billionaires wiggle with joy in a video at the prospect of seizing power at City Hall. That tech billionaire is Ron Conway, who has spent hundreds of thousands of dollars of his own money attacking Jane Kim.

This is just the latest in a now million-dollar-plus push from the powerful to elect Scott Wiener.

The funds behind the video, and the overall effort supporting Wiener, include sizable contributions from Chevron, the landlord lobby, a Republican billionaire from Houston who wants to end fair pensions for seniors, the Republican couple behind trying to overturn rent control, and the people behind trying to privatize our public schools.

“There is nothing hip about an 80s style corporate candidate Scott Wiener who believes Reagan-style housing policies will solve San Francisco’s housing crisis,” Vasquez said.

You can watch Jane Kim’s response ad here.

The full text of Jane Kim’s ad is below:

Scott Wiener may love the 80s but we’re not talking about bad hair and shoulder pads. 

Corporate candidate Scott Wiener is all about failed housing policies and taking support from the people trying to overturn rent control.

Tell Scott Wiener: It’s not hip to evict.

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City Hall Voting Center Will Be Open and Welcoming Voters on the Two Weekends Before the Election

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SAN FRANCISCO, Thursday, October 27, 2016 – To date, nearly 3,400 voters cast their vote in the November 8 election at the City Hall Voting Center. To expand voting opportunities, the Department of Elections will extend the City Hall Voting Center hours, adding weekend hours.

Starting this Saturday, October 29, the City Hall Voting Center will be open every day through Election Day, Tuesday, November 8 during these hours:

  • Monday-Friday, through November 7, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Saturday and Sunday, October 29–30 and November 5–6,10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (the public must enter City Hall on Grove Street)
  • Election Day, Tuesday, November 8, 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.

The Department’s phone bank, (415) 554-4375, will also be open during these hours, with staff available to provide assistance in English, Cantonese, Mandarin, Spanish, Filipino, and many other languages. Staff members will also respond to inquiries received through the Department’s public email, sfvote@sfgov.org.

Those who come to the Voting Center to cast their vote this weekend are encouraged to also visit the Poll Worker Recruitment office located in City Hall, Room 43 B. The recruitment office will be open this weekend to process applicants for standby poll worker positions. For every election, the Department of Elections recruits approximately 100 standby poll workers who help ensure that the Department can provide replacements in case other poll workers become unavailable to volunteer on Election Day.

For more information about the November 8 election, visit sfelections.org or call the Department of Elections at (415) 554-4375.

 

Department of Elections
City and County of San Francisco
John Arntz, Director

Court-Ordered Voter Registration for the November 8 Election

Department of Elections
City and County of San Francisco
John Arntz, Director

For Immediate Release
SAN FRANCISCO, Wednesday, October 26, 2016 –The Department of Elections provides a Voter Registration Status Lookup tool on sfelections.org for people to determine if they are registered to vote. People who prefer to call instead of going online can contact the Department at (415) 554-4375.

Those who believe they should be registered to vote even though the Department’s records indicate otherwise can take action to allow the Department to process their registration for the November 8 election.

State election law authorizes court-ordered registration under certain circumstances, such as if a person completed an Affidavit of Registration (i.e., a voter registration card) before the October 24 registration deadline, but:

  • The Department did not receive the Affidavit
  • The Department received the Affidavit after the deadline, or
  • The Department’s record shows different information from what the person believes he or she provided on the Affidavit.

Information about court-ordered registration and the process to petition the Superior Court is available on the home page of the Department’s website, sfelections.org, under “Key Election Links.” Additionally, the Department urges anyone with questions about the court-ordered registration process to contact the Department as soon as possible.

If the court finds that a person registered in time for the November 8 election, he or she must bring the writ from the court to the Department’s office in City Hall, Room 48. The person can then complete a voter registration card and cast a ballot at the Department’s Voting Center in City Hall.

People who cannot appear at the court before or on Election Day can still vote, but they must vote a provisional ballot. After Election Day, they can petition the court to compel the Department to count their provisional ballot, but must do so before the election results are certified. The Department expects to certify results 3-4 weeks after Election Day.

The Department’s goal is to ensure that all eligible San Franciscans are able to vote in the November 8 election. To that end, the Department urges voters with questions to contact the Department as soon as possible. The Department’s telephone lines are open:

  • Weekdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • The two weekends before the election, October 29–30 and November 5–6, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and
  • On Election Day, Tuesday, November 8, from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Telephone assistance is available in English, Chinese, Spanish, Filipino, and via interpreter in many other languages.

 

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Department of Elections
City and County of San Francisco
1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place
City Hall, Room 48
San Francisco, CA 94102
(415) 554-4375
sfelections.org

New Citizens and New San Francisco Residents Can Still Register to Vote

Department of Elections
City and County of San Francisco
John Arntz, Director

For Immediate Release
SAN FRANCISCO, Tuesday, October 25, 2016 – Although the voter registration deadline for the November 8 election has passed, state law allows exceptions for people who become citizens or move to San Francisco after the close of registration.

New Citizen Registration Period
Those who become citizens after October 24 may register and vote at the Department of Elections office anytime up until the close of polls on Election Day, Tuesday, November 8.  New citizens must present proof of citizenship and declare that they have established residence in California. They will then complete a Voter Registration Form to receive and vote a ballot at the City Hall Voting Center and to be registered to vote in future elections The Department of Elections looks forward to welcoming new citizens who will be sworn in at the U.S. Citizenship and Naturalization Services ceremony at Oakland’s Paramount Theatre on November 2 to register and vote in the November 8 election.

New Resident Registration Period
Those who become San Francisco residents after October 24 may register and vote at the Department of Elections office anytime up until Tuesday, November 1.  New residents must complete a Voter Registration Form to receive and vote a ballot at the City Hall Voting Center and to be registered to vote in future elections. New residents are eligible to vote only for president and vice president and must complete and sign a statement under penalty of perjury attesting that they are residents of San Francisco.

Anyone with questions about the upcoming election is encouraged to call the Department of Elections at (415) 554-4375, write to sfvote@sfgov.org, or visit the Department’s office in City Hall, Room 48.

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Department of Elections
City and County of San Francisco
1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place
City Hall, Room 48
San Francisco, CA 94102
(415) 554-4375
sfelections.org

SF Examiner: Nurses Say Jane Kim for State Senate to heal California

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This article originally appeared in the San Francisco Examiner.

 By: Maureen Dugan on October 20, 2016.

There’s a heartbreak to any patient’s cancer diagnosis. So imagine watching my recent patient fight through treatment, knowing that when she exited the hospital, onto San Francisco’s streets, her health would simply unravel because she has no home, no shelter, nowhere to go.

As a registered nurse at the University of California, San Francisco Medical Center for 27 years — and a San Franciscan going back generations — I’m reminded by scenes like this that good health is largely determined by socioeconomic forces. That’s why the nearly 100,000 registered nurses of the California Nurses Association, my union, back Jane Kim for state Senate. As a San Francisco supervisor, Board of Education member and longtime progressive activist, Kim has proven the strongest ally to RNs in our common work of keeping everyday people healthy and safe.

Take affordable housing. In a city with the second highest rate of homelessness in the U.S., in a state where 83 percent of homes are beyond the average teacher’s salary, Kim has fought tirelessly to ensure developers build houses working people can afford — negotiating a new standard of 40 percent affordable housing in city-supported and many private developments. That’s in addition to authoring and passing nation-leading tenant protections.

Nurses laud this work because housing influences health. A recent survey of Alameda county health workers showed that paying the majority of one’s income to rent corresponds with an increase in hypertension, mental health emergencies, asthma attacks and numerous other illnesses.

Perhaps nothing better illustrates Kim’s advocacy for public health than her support of Proposition 61 to lower the cost of prescription drugs. And because skyrocketing rents can dominate monthly bills, it’s important that San Franciscans have Healthy San Francisco — which requires companies to direct funds to workers’ health care. When it emerged that hundreds of companies were dipping into their workers’ health funds a few years back, Kim steadfastly insisted the loophole be closed, to the benefit of workers, our patients.

For patients experiencing homelessness, nurses believe in compassion. Kim has exemplified this compassion by securing full-time nurses for homeless shelters and establishing a medical respite shelter for aging and sick homeless residents too ill to be on the streets but not ill enough for hospitalization.

Nurses also know a living wage and educational opportunities are crucial for good public health. Kim organized a coalition of community groups, nonprofits and others to pass the nation’s highest minimum wage: $15 an hour. She has also been leading the way in making City Collegeof San Francisco free. With two nephews attending middle school in San Francisco, I feel good knowing she fights for higher education opportunities that won’t lead to lifelong debt.

And, of course, Kim has helped nurses. Those same affordable housing policies help us recruit and retain experienced nurses, and the nursing program at City College could help train the next generation of caregivers for free.

There’s no question that one candidate best embodies nurses’ values of caring, compassion and community. For a healthy future, bolstered by powerful leadership in Sacramento, nurses say Jane Kim for state Senate.

Maureen Dugan is a board member of the California Nurses Association.


San Francisco DogPAC Endorses Jane Kim to Represent SF in State Senate!

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Jane Kim has championed a number of bills that have benefitted both residents and small businesses in her district and citywide. No official “dog play area” had ever existed under SF Recreation and Parks Department (SFRPD) Dog Play Areas Program (DPA) in District 6—which spans from Treasure Island to the Tenderloin to SOMA to Mission Bay—until Jane was instrumental in creating an official dog park there, West SOMA Skate and Dog Park, under the auspices of SF Department of Public Works (SFDPW) completed in 2014. Additionally, the only other off-leash dog park in District 6 is Rincon Hill Dog Park which is also managed by SFDPW.

Jane recognizes the importance of the human-animal bond in personal, social, and mental health and plans on carrying this principle in Sacramento. She has supported rent control, more affordable housing, and other programs to help people stay in their homes like community land trusts, free from eviction, which in turn has prevented the separation of many residents from their pets. This also has helped keep the overpopulation of orphaned animals in our shelters and rescue groups.

She supports off-leash walking and has been a solid vote opposing the National Park Service in their draconian attempt to remove 90% of our off-leash access in the Golden Gate National Recreation Area (GGNRA), and would seek to increase access in SF local and CA state parks.

The intensity of building development and land use issues in her district has provided her with deep insight into the issues of poverty, homelessness, living wages, and employment availability, among other facets of survival in our urban setting. In understanding the plight and struggle to survive in San Francisco, and helping to allow homeless people and their furry companions in SF Navigation Centers, Jane Kim has earned our trust on animal welfare concerns and will continue this legacy in ensuring just decisions and support in her district, citywide and across the state.

Via DogPACSF.Org

The Nation Names Jane Kim as One of the Top Ten ‘Progressive Contenders’ to Watch This Year

The Nation, America’s oldest weekly magazine, named Jane Kim as one of the top 10 down-ballot candidates to watch this year. According to the publication, Jane is one of many progressives that are “shaping the 2016 debate and, perhaps, the future.”

Read the story here:

Originally seen in The Nation

There is much more than the presidency at stake come November 8. Whoever controls the Senate and the House will determine what the next president can accomplish. Governors and legislatures decide whether a given state is a “laboratory of democracy” or a political shop of horrors in which unions are attacked, school funding is endangered, and gerrymandering denies people the right to be heard. Along with Russ Feingold’s Senate race in Wisconsin and Zephyr Teachout’s House race in New York (both already covered by The Nation), here’s a survey of the progressive campaigns that are shaping the 2016 debate and, perhaps, the future:

Jane Kim, State Senate, California

A member of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors, Kim authored the ballot measure to increase the city’s minimum wage to $15 an hour and is now running a fiercely populist campaign for the State Senate. Attacked by dark-money groups and real-estate interests who disapprove of her affordable-housing advocacy, Kim fights back with TV ads that display her tae kwon do skills and declare, “Jane Kim: Kicking Ass So We Don’t Get Kicked Out.” Kim’s got a big vision for what state legislators can do, arguing, “Whether it’s on health care, higher education, K–12, prison and criminal-justice reform, and previously gay marriage, all of these issues were actually being fought in the state capitols.”