Department of Elections Hosts Open House on Thursday, October 13, 1 p.m.–4:30 p.m.

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

For Immediate Release
SAN FRANCISCO, Wednesday, October 5, 2016 – The Department of Elections will host an Open House on Thursday, October 13, from 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. at its office in City Hall, Room 48.

The Department welcomes media outlets, groups, and individuals to attend the event.

During the Open House, attendees will be invited to tour the Department’s office and learn about the many processes that take place before, on, and after Election Day in support of the election. The Open House is also an opportunity to view activities at the City Hall Voting Center, the poll worker recruitment office, and the public phone bank, and to observe vote-by-mail ballot processing.

Attendees can visit a simulated polling place where they can view signage, voting equipment, multilingual materials, and accessibility tools that the Department provides at San Francisco’s 576 polling places on Election Day.

Attendees can watch a “Be a Voter” presentation that has been shown at outreach events to help San Franciscans prepare, plan, and participate in the November 8 election. The presentation includes information on how to register to vote and apply for a vote-by-mail ballot, what to expect at a polling place on Election Day, and how to mark a ballot with a ranked-choice contest.  

Attendees can also spin the “Wheel of Voting” and answer election-related questions for small giveaways such as magnets and pens with a “Be a Voter” logo.   

Attendees will be offered materials encouraging San Franciscans to vote in the upcoming election that can be displayed in storefront windows, offices, community rooms, and other facilities. Those who are interested in observing election processes will receive a copy of the Observer Guide with a schedule of activities related to the November 8 election and information about observing these processes in person and on SF Elections Live.   

Attendees can also take advantage of the City Hall Voting Center and cast their vote in the November 8 election!

For more information or to RSVP for the Open House, please contact Matthew Selby at (415) 554-4376, or


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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