Department of Elections Provides Information about Court-Ordered Voter Registration for the November 8 Election

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

For Immediate Release
SAN FRANCISCO, Wednesday, October 26, 2016 –The Department of Elections provides a Voter Registration Status Lookup tool on for people to determine if they are registered to vote. People who prefer to call instead of going online can contact the Department at (415) 554-4375.

Those who believe they should be registered to vote even though the Department’s records indicate otherwise can take action to allow the Department to process their registration for the November 8 election.

State election law authorizes court-ordered registration under certain circumstances, such as if a person completed an Affidavit of Registration (i.e., a voter registration card) before the October 24 registration deadline, but:

  • The Department did not receive the Affidavit
  • The Department received the Affidavit after the deadline, or
  • The Department’s record shows different information from what the person believes he or she provided on the Affidavit.

Information about court-ordered registration and the process to petition the Superior Court is available on the home page of the Department’s website,, under “Key Election Links.” Additionally, the Department urges anyone with questions about the court-ordered registration process to contact the Department as soon as possible.  

If the court finds that a person registered in time for the November 8 election, he or she must bring the writ from the court to the Department’s office in City Hall, Room 48. The person can then complete a voter registration card and cast a ballot at the Department’s Voting Center in City Hall.

People who cannot appear at the court before or on Election Day can still vote, but they must vote a provisional ballot. After Election Day, they can petition the court to compel the Department to count their provisional ballot, but must do so before the election results are certified. The Department expects to certify results 3-4 weeks after Election Day.

The Department’s goal is to ensure that all eligible San Franciscans are able to vote in the November 8 election. To that end, the Department urges voters with questions to contact the Department as soon as possible. The Department’s telephone lines are open:

  • Weekdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • The two weekends before the election, October 29–30 and November 5–6, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and
  • On Election Day, Tuesday, November 8, from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Telephone assistance is available in English, Chinese, Spanish, Filipino, and via interpreter in many other languages.



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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