The Department of Elections Provides Key Reminders about Participating in the September 14, 2021, California Gubernatorial Recall Election

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

For Immediate Release
SAN FRANCISCO, Tuesday, September 7, 2021 – The Department of Elections reminds San Franciscans of their many options for casting their vote in the September 14 Election.   

“Nearly 194,000 San Francisco voters have already cast their vote in the September 14 election, representing 39% percent of registered voters in the City,” said Director John Arntz. “Those who are yet to do so can choose to vote the ballot that was mailed to them and return the ballot by mail as long as it's postmarked by September 14 or in-person to an official ballot drop-off station or a polling place by 8:00 p.m. on September 14. Voters who prefer to vote in-person have that option available, too. The City Hall Voting Center will be open every day between now and Election Day. On Election Day, 588 polling places will also be open throughout the City.”

It is not too late to register to vote
Any eligible San Francisco resident can still register to vote in-person and cast a provisional ballot at the City Hall Voting Center or at any polling place on Election Day.

Vote by mail is convenient and safe
All registered voters received ballots in the mail. Voters can simply place their voted ballot inside the envelope provided, sign the envelope, and return the envelope through the U.S. Postal Service– postage is paid!

To be counted, ballots returned by mail must be postmarked on or before September 14, 2021. To search for convenient locations of blue USPS boxes and pickup times, voters can go to

Voters may also return their ballots to the Voting Center, open now in City Hall, or one of the official drop-off stations, open starting Saturday, September 11. A list of official San Francisco ballot drop-off stations can be viewed at   

In-person voting services are available
588 polling places will be open in the City from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Election Day, Tuesday, September 14. Voters can check information about their assigned polling place on the back cover of their Voter Information Pamphlet or at

To minimize congestion, a poll worker will be stationed at the entrance to each polling place to facilitate collection of vote-by-mail ballots returned by voters. All Elections volunteers will be required to wear facial coverings inside voting facilities.  Hand sanitizer, gloves, and face masks will be available to all voters who may need them.

Voters accessing in-person voting services are advised to follow safety precautions: wear facial coverings and wash or sanitize hands before and after entering a voting facility.  Voters who prefer not to enter a polling place may request to vote curbside by notifying a poll worker.  

Emergency Ballot Delivery Program
Any voter unable to travel to a polling place or the Voting Center due to illness, disability, or confinement, including a voter under COVID-19-related quarantine, may request a ballot delivery or pick-up by contacting the Department of Elections. All Department staff involved in ballot deliveries are trained on health and safety protocols, including cleaning and sanitization, physical distancing, and proper wearing and disposal of PPE, and provided with respiratory protection, face shields, gowns, and gloves.

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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