Department of Elections Encourages Voters to Check Their Voter Registration Status

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

For Immediate Release

SAN FRANCISCO, Friday, August 26, 2016 – With the start of early voting and ballot mailing for the November 8 election just over a month away, the Department of Elections encourages all voters to check their registration status.  

Checking registration takes just minutes using the Voter Registration Status Lookup tool on the Department’s website –! Voters simply input their house number, ZIP code, and birth date to access their voter registration details in English, Chinese, Spanish, or Filipino.

San Francisco voters can ensure that their voter registration information is up to date and accurate, including whether they are listed as a polling place or vote-by-mail voter, and whether their language preference for election materials is correct. The tool also provides information about various voting options, key dates and deadlines, and useful links to the Voter Information Pamphlet and sample ballot, a vote-by-mail ballot application, and a tool to check the location of the voter’s assigned polling place.

The registration lookup tool also provides targeted information to help voters or potential voters in specific situations:

  • Voters who have not voted or changed or confirmed their voter registration in the previous four years are informed of the steps needed to confirm their residency with the Department in order to receive election materials in the mail.
  • Voters with an incomplete registration—those who submitted an online voter registration application and either do not have a signature on file with the Department of Motor Vehicles or declined to authorize use of their DMV signature when attempting to register—are advised of the reason the registration is incomplete and options to provide the signature to the Department to be eligible to vote. 
  • First-time voters who registered by mail without providing their California driver’s license number, state identification number, or the last four digits of their Social Security number and have not met federal identification requirements under the Help America Vote Act (HAVA) are notified why they must establish identity or prove residency to the Department and options to provide acceptable ID in order to satisfy the identification requirement.
  • Future voters who are under 18 and have submitted a Voter Registration application can confirm their pre-registration.
  • Anyone who believes they are registered to vote in San Francisco but cannot find their registration record is urged to contact the Department as soon as possible.

Monday, October 24, is the last day to register to vote or make changes to registration information for the November 8 election. Registration is available at or at the Department of Elections’ office in City Hall, Room 48. Office hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. Voter Registration Cards are also available at most post offices, San Francisco Public Library branches, and Department of Motor Vehicles offices.

The Department of Elections encourages those who wish to register or update their registration to do so as soon as possible, so that they will receive all information related to this important election.


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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