The Department of Elections Mails Vote-by-Mail Ballots for the November 3 Election to San Francisco Voters

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

For Immediate Release
SAN FRANCISCO, Friday, October 2, 2020–The Department of Elections will send vote-by-mail ballot packets for the November 3 election to all registered San Francisco voters. Voters will begin receiving their ballots in the mail the week of October 5.

Each ballot packet will include a voter’s ballot, a prepaid, first class postage return envelope, an insert with voting instructions, and an “I Voted” sticker. To vote by mail, voters can simply fill in the ovals besides the candidates and measures on the ballot, place their ballot cards in the postage-paid return envelope, sign the envelope, and return the ballot to the Department of Elections.

“The vast majority of voters will not need to take any action to receive a ballot in the November 3 election and any registered voter may vote using a vote-by-mail ballot instead of going to the polls on Election Day,” said Director John Arntz. “To provide answers to frequently asked questions about voting by mail and help voters safely participate in the November 3 election, the Department added a new page on its website that can be accessed at”

Voters have multiple safe, secure, and reliable options for returning their ballots.   

By Mail: No stamp is required to return the ballot through the United States Postal Service (USPS). Ballots that are returned by mail must be postmarked before or on Election Day, November 3. To search for convenient locations of USPS boxes and pickup times, voters can go to

In Person: Voters can return their ballots at the outdoor Voting Center open on October 5 in front of Bill Graham Civic Auditorium on 99 Grove Street or one of these ballot drop-off sites open starting October 31:  

  • Linda Brooks-Burton Library, 5075 3rd St
  • Chase Center, 1655 3rd St
  • Excelsior Branch Library, 4400 Mission St
  • Portsmouth Square, Clay St and Kearny St

On Election Day, voters may return their ballots to any of the 588 drop-off stations set up at polling places across the City.  Ballots that are personally returned must be delivered no later than the close of polls at 8:00 p.m. on Election Day, November 3.

Voters can track their ballots from assembly up through delivery, verification, and counting at

Voters can also sign up to receive automatic notifications on the status or their ballots via email, text, or voice call at

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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