How to vote in San Francisco County

Vote by Mail (VBM)

Be sure to sign the return envelope. Your signature must appear similar to the original signature on your voter registration form. A Vote-by-Mail ballot without your signature will not be counted. Your Vote-by-Mail ballot can be returned by mail, dropped off at any polling place or Vote Center, or deposited in a ballot drop off station. Click here for more on VBM.

Ballot Drop Off Station (Hours vary)

Return your Vote-by-Mail ballot at a ballot drop off station. Hours vary by location. Click here for a list of ballot drop of station locations.

Vote In Person

No form of ID is needed to vote in person. The list of Voting Day polling places is available, and you are assigned a polling location based on your registered address.You can also vote in-person at a Voting Center starting as early as October 5. Vote Centers have an online wait time tracking system to help you plan you visit. You are not required to bring your Vote-by-Mail ballot to your polling location or Vote Center if you prefer to cast your ballot in person, but it is strongly encouraged. Click here for a list of Vote Centers. Click here to find your assigned polling location.

Accessible Voting

The Registrar of Voters office provides the Voter Information Guide in an accessible format on the Voter Profile page. The official ballot for the November 3, 2020, General Election will be available through the Remote Accessible Vote-by-Mail portal beginning Monday, October 5. For accessibility questions, call (415) 554-4375 or visit sfelections.sfgov.org/vote-using-accessible-vote-mail-system 

IN-PERSON VOTING

Every registered voter will have the option to vote in-person at their designated polling place or at any Vote Center. Voters are not required to bring their Vote-by-Mail ballot to vote in-person, but it is strongly encouraged. If a voter would like to vote in-person, but has not received their mailed ballot, they can visit their polling location or a Vote Center to cast a provisional ballot. 

VOTE BY MAIL FOR EVERYONE

Every registered voter was mailed a Vote-by-Mail ballot by October 5.

RANKED CHOICE VOTING

Ranked choice voting is available for some local races in the county. Click here for more information about how ranked choice voting works and which races it will apply to.

County Website: sfelections.sfgov.org

Check Your Registration: couragecaliforniainstitute.org/voter-tools

Track Your Ballot: couragecaliforniainstitute.org/#track