The Department of Elections Helps New Citizens Register to Vote at Naturalization Ceremonies

Department of Elections
City and County of San Francisco

John Arntz, Director

For Immediate Release
SAN FRANCISCO, Monday, October 31, 2022 – The Department of Elections’ Outreach Team will provide new citizens with information about registration and voting, between 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. on November 1, 2, 4, 7 and 8, when the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will hold naturalization ceremonies at its San Francisco Field Office.

“For many years, the Department of Elections has conducted outreach at USCIS naturalization ceremonies to help newly sworn-in citizens register to vote,” said Director John Arntz. “This month, Department personnel will attend several naturalization ceremonies held in the week preceding Election Day, and the ceremony held on Election Day. The ceremonies are wonderful moments to engage with people who just completed the naturalization process and their families and to support their registering to vote.”  

In each of these upcoming ceremonies, approximately 180 attendees will learn about some of the rights and responsibilities associated with being a citizen of the United States. At the end of each ceremony, USCIS staff will invite members of the audience to visit with Department of Elections staff at a resource table to register to vote and learn how to cast a ballot in the current election.

Following each ceremony, Department of Elections staff will meet with attendees to congratulate them, encourage participation in the November 8 election, and help answer questions about registration and voting. New citizens and their companions will also be offered to complete a voter registration form, and pick up a copy of the California Voter Bill of Rights, the state Voter Information Guide, and a flyer with information about voting options in the November 8 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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