Department of Elections Offers Many Options to Request to Vote by Mail in the November 8 Election

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

For Immediate Release
SAN FRANCISCO, Friday, October 7, 2016 – Nearly 280,000 San Franciscans will soon receive their ballots for the November 8 election in the mail.  Voters who have not yet applied but wish to vote by mail may choose whether to request a vote-by-mail ballot for this election only or become a permanent vote-by-mail voter.

There are various ways to apply for a vote-by-mail ballot only for this election:

  • Call the Department of Elections at (415) 554-4375, or visit the Department’s office in City Hall, Room 48.
  • Complete an online application at
  • Complete and mail the application found on the back cover of the Voter Information Pamphlet
  • Send a request by fax to (415) 554-4372 or by email as a scanned attachment to, or mail a request to the Department of Elections. The request must include the voter’s name, date of birth, signature, home address, and the address to which the ballot should be mailed, if different from the home address.

Under state election law, applying for permanent vote-by-mail status requires a voter’s signature. Those who wish to receive a ballot for all future elections may print and complete an application and return it to the Department of Elections.

Although voters have until Tuesday, November 1, to request to receive a ballot by mail, the Department of Elections urges people to submit their requests as early as possible to allow for timely receipt and return of their ballots.

For more information about the November 8 election, visit or contact the Department of Elections at (415) 554-4375.


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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