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