The Department of Elections Announces That San Francisco Voters will Begin Using the New Voting System in the November 5, 2019 Election

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

For Immediate Release
SAN FRANCISCO, Monday, March 18, 2019 – Last week, the City approved a lease agreement between the Department of Elections and Dominion Voting Systems for the use of Dominion’s voting system, Democracy Suite, to conduct elections in San Francisco. The Department of Elections will conduct the City’s November 5, 2019, Consolidated Municipal Election using the new system.

The new voting system has several advantages over the previous system. The new system features a more intuitive method for marking the paper ballots, allows voters to rank a greater number of candidates in contests that use ranked-choice voting, and provides enhanced audio and touchscreen ballot navigation for voters with disabilities. The new voting system also improves election transparency by using paper-based optical scan tabulating equipment that creates annotated images of voted ballots for public viewing and verifying election results. The new voting system adheres to the most recent security standards from the California Secretary of State’s Office and has been certified for use in California.

The Department of Elections developed a new webpage—sfelections.org/new-voting-system—that provides more information about the new voting system. As well as highlighting the system’s features and components, this dedicated page introduces voters to the new ballot format and provides an animation of marking a ranked-choice voting ballot. More information about ranked-choice voting including graphics showing how to mark the new ballot with expanded number of rankings can be viewed on sfelections.org/RCV.

To educate City voters about the new voting system and the increased number of rankings in ranked-choice voting contests, the Department will utilize various outreach strategies, including newspaper notices in multiple languages, posters on Muni and BART vehicles, press releases, public service announcements for television and radio, household mailers, posts on social media, and presentations throughout the City. These strategies are discussed in the Department’s Draft Outreach Plan.

The Department invites community stakeholders, the media, and members of the general public to provide feedback on the Draft Outreach Plan. To provide an easy navigation path to the Draft Outreach Plan, the “TOPICS IN FOCUS” section of the homepage of sfelections.org prominently features a new section “We Seek Your Input on Our Outreach Plan!” This section includes a link to the Department’s Draft Outreach plan, an invitation to comment on the plan, and a feedback form.

The San Francisco Department of Elections invites organizations, the media, and members of the public to contact the Department at sfvote@sfgov.org or (415) 554-4375 for more information about the new voting system or to request a presentation by the Department’s outreach team at a public event.

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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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