Department of Elections Asks Voters to Fold Each Vote-by-Mail Ballot Card Separately Before Inserting into the Return Envelope

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

For Immediate Release
SAN FRANCISCO, Sunday, October 30, 2016 –The Department of Elections has received 86,877 voted ballots to date, which represents 27% of those issued.

The Department reminds voters who are yet to return their ballots to fold each ballot card separately before inserting the cards into the return envelope, as shown in this video.

This small step makes the return envelope flatter and streamlines the processing of these four- or five-card ballots.

The Department of Elections uses a mail sorter and a ballot opener to maximize efficiency of several ballot processing steps. If a voter folds all ballot cards together before inserting them into the return envelope, the envelope becomes very thick and can jam the equipment, slowing the process.  

The opening and processing of accepted vote-by-mail ballots is continuing at the Department’s office in City Hall and is being broadcast on SF Elections Live.

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




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

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