Department of Elections Continues Voter Education about Ranked-Choice Voting for the November 8 Election

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

For Immediate Release
SAN FRANCISCO, Tuesday, October 11, 2016 – For the November 8 election, San Francisco voters who live in Supervisorial districts 1, 3, 5, 7, 9, and 11 will use the ranked-choice voting method to elect their member of the Board of Supervisors.

As part of its voter education efforts for the November 8 election, the Department continues to educate voters and potential voters about ranked-choice voting through various outreach methods, including print and online advertising, presentations at community events, and a direct-mail campaign.

Last week, the Department mailed a postcard to voters who will use ranked-choice voting in this election. The postcard features an image of a ballot with a ranked-choice contest and provides a link to the “Ranked-Choice Voting” section on On this page, voters can learn how ranked-choice voting works and watch a new video, “Ranked Choice Voting in San Francisco,” that the Department added to its library of voter-education materials for the November 8 election. The video explains the main concepts of ranked-choice voting, particularly how voters mark their ballots and how the ballots are tallied. 

The Voter Information Pamphlet, mailed to every registered voter, is another useful resource for finding out more about ranked-choice voting. On pages 7-9 of the Pamphlet, voters can learn more about this voting method and review a map of Supervisorial districts in which voters will use ranked-choice voting in this election.

Voters casting their ballot at polling places or at the City Hall Voting Center will find information about ranked-choice voting on a poster placed inside each voting booth and on the Ballot Information sign on the election table. Poll workers in odd-numbered Supervisorial districts will inform voters that their ballot has five cards and advise voters that they can find ranked-choice voting instructions on the ballot, the sign on the election table, and the poster in each voting booth.

Voters who live in Supervisorial districts 2, 4, 6, 8, and 10 will not use ranked-choice voting in this election and will receive a four-card ballot.

The Department of Elections reminds all voters city-wide to remember to check both sides of the cards for contests and prepare to vote by using the Ballot Worksheet to note their choices in advance. The worksheet is posted on and is the last page in the Voter Information Pamphlet.

For more information about the November 8 election or to invite Department outreach staff to an event, please call (415) 554-4375 or write to


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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