The Department of Elections Opens the Outdoor Voting Center on Monday, October 5

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

For Immediate Release
SAN FRANCISCO, Friday, October 2, 2020 – Voting in the November 3, 2020, Consolidated General Election begins on Monday, October 5.

For the November 3 election, the Department of Elections has relocated the City Hall Voting Center to an outdoor area in front of Bill Graham Civic Auditorium on 99 Grove Street, between Polk and Larkin streets.

The Voting Center will be open every weekday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m., from October 5 and through November 2 (except October 12), the two weekends prior to Election Day, 10 am.-4 p.m., and November 3 (Election Day), 7a.m.-8 p.m.

“With early voting opportunities available 29 days before Election Day, the Department of Elections encourages San Franciscans to vote as early as possible,” said Director John Arntz. “If you vote early in person or by mail, you will avoid possible wait times and crowded public spaces, and your ballot will be reviewed and counted well before Election Day. To make voting experience faster and safer, voters can use a new tool on the Department’s website at sfelections.org/myvotinglocation to check wait times at the Voting Center as they are planning their trip.”

The Voting Center will serve all City residents—including non-citizens eligible to vote in the Board of Education contest—who want to vote in person, drop off their vote-by-mail ballots, or, after the October 19 registration deadline, to register and vote provisionally.

The Voting Center will offer bilingual ballots in English and either Chinese, Spanish, or Filipino, as well as language assistance on request. Facsimile (reference) ballots will be available in Burmese, Japanese, Korean, Thai, and Vietnamese.

The Voting Center will also offer accessible voting tools such as page magnifiers, pen grips, and seated voting, as well as accessible ballot-marking devices with touchscreen/audio format and personal assistive device compatibility. Any voter may request to vote “curbside” at the Voting Center by calling (415) 554-4375 or by asking a companion to enter the Voting Center to request delivery of voting materials to the voter.

In compliance with current guidance from public health officials, the Voting Center has been set up to maintain 6 foot distances between voters in line, computer workstations, voting booths, and ballot return boxes. The Department will offer hand sanitizer, gloves, and facemasks to all voters and has posted notices asking voters and observers to observe health guidelines, including those regarding facial coverings, hand hygiene, and social distancing rules. The Department has also implemented new sanitation and disinfection protocols for voting supplies, equipment, and high-touch surfaces in the Voting Center.  

Anyone with questions about registration or voting is encouraged to call the Department of Elections at (415) 554-4375 or write to sfvote@sfgov.org.   

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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
sfelections.org

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