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

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