The Department of Elections Mails Vote-by-Mail Ballots for the February 15, 2022 Election to Locally Registered Voters

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

For Immediate Release
SAN FRANCISCO, Friday, January 14, 2022–Over 500,000 vote-by-mail ballots packets are on the way to all locally registered voters, and San Franciscans will begin receiving their ballots in the mail this week.

Each packet will include a voter’s ballot, a postage-paid return envelope, an insert with voting instructions, and an “I Voted” sticker. To vote by mail, voters can simply mark their ballot, place the ballot in the return envelope, sign the envelope, and return the ballot envelope to the Department of Elections by mail or in-person.

“Beginning with the upcoming election, any voter may choose to use an official drop box in the City to return their vote-by-mail ballot,” said Director John Arntz. “The Department of Elections will provide 34 official ballot drop boxes in various locations across the City beginning January 18 through 8 p.m. on Election Day, February 15. These boxes will be available 24/7 and provide voters with an additional secure, accessible, and contact-free method to return their ballots to the Department. We have recently launched a webpage, entitled “New Service! Return Your Ballot to an Official Ballot Drop Box”, that voters can access from the homepage of This page provides information on how voters can identify the official ballot boxes and where they will be located as well as drop box security and accessibility. Voters can also find information about this new service in their Voter Information Pamphlets and voting instructions enclosed with their vote-by-mail ballot packets.” 

From January 18 to February 15, any voter can return their ballot to any official ballot drop box or the City Hall Voting Center. On Election Day, February 15, any voter can return their ballot to any official ballot drop box, the City Hall Voting Center, or any polling place in the City no later than 8 p.m.

The Department of Elections reminds voters that to be counted, ballots returned by mail must be postmarked no later than Election Day, February 15 and ballots returned directly to the Department of Elections must be dropped off no later than 8 p.m. on Election Day, February 15.

Voters can track their vote-by-mail ballots from assembly up through deliv­ery, verification, and counting, at Voters may also sign up to receive ballot status notifications via email, text, or voice message at Alternatively, voters may call or email the Department of Elections.

Anyone with questions about registration or voting is encouraged to call the Department of Elections at (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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